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MIRANDA v. ARIZONA, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)

384 U.S. 436

No. 759.
Argued February 28 - March 1, 1966.
Decided June 13, 1966. *

[ Footnote * ] Together with No. 760, Vignera v. New York, on certiorari to the Court of Appeals
of New York and No. 761, Westover v. United States, on certiorari to the United States Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, both argued February 28 - March 1, 1966; and No. 584, California
v. Stewart, on certiorari to the Supreme Court of California, argued February 28 - March 2, 1966.

In each of these cases the defendant while in police custody was questioned by police officers,
detectives, or a prosecuting attorney in a room in which he was cut off from the outside world.
None of the defendants was given a full and effective warning of his rights at the outset of the
interrogation process. In all four cases the questioning elicited oral admissions, and in three of
them signed statements as well, which were admitted at their trials. All defendants were
convicted and all convictions, except in No. 584, were affirmed on appeal. Held:

1. The prosecution may not use statements, whether exculpatory or inculpatory, stemming
from questioning initiated by law enforcement officers after a person has been taken into
custody or otherwise deprived of his freedom of action in any significant way, unless it
demonstrates the use of procedural safeguards effective to secure the Fifth Amendment's
privilege against self-incrimination. Pp. 444-491.
(a) The atmosphere and environment of incommunicado interrogation as it exists today is
inherently intimidating and works to undermine the privilege against self-incrimination.
Unless adequate preventive measures are taken to dispel the compulsion inherent in
custodial surroundings, no statement obtained from the defendant can truly be the product
of his free choice. Pp. 445-458.
(b) The privilege against self-incrimination, which has had a long and expansive
historical development, is the essential mainstay of our adversary system and guarantees
to the individual the "right to remain silent unless he chooses to speak in the unfettered
exercise of his own will," during a period of custodial interrogation [384 U.S. 436, 437] as
well as in the courts or during the course of other official investigations. Pp. 458-465.
(c) The decision in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478 , stressed the need for protective
devices to make the process of police interrogation conform to the dictates of the
privilege. Pp. 465-466.
(d) In the absence of other effective measures the following procedures to safeguard the
Fifth Amendment privilege must be observed: The person in custody must, prior to
interrogation, be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent, and that anything
he says will be used against him in court; he must be clearly informed that he has the
right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation, and
that, if he is indigent, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him. Pp. 467-473.
(e) If the individual indicates, prior to or during questioning, that he wishes to remain
silent, the interrogation must cease; if he states that he wants an attorney, the questioning
must cease until an attorney is present. Pp. 473-474.
(f) Where an interrogation is conducted without the presence of an attorney and a
statement is taken, a heavy burden rests on the Government to demonstrate that the
defendant knowingly and intelligently waived his right to counsel. P. 475.
(g) Where the individual answers some questions during incustody interrogation he has
not waived his privilege and may invoke his right to remain silent thereafter. Pp. 475-476.
(h) The warnings required and the waiver needed are, in the absence of a fully effective
equivalent, prerequisites to the admissibility of any statement, inculpatory or exculpatory,
made by a defendant. Pp. 476-477.
2. The limitations on the interrogation process required for the protection of the
individual's constitutional rights should not cause an undue interference with a proper
system of law enforcement, as demonstrated by the procedures of the FBI and the
safeguards afforded in other jurisdictions. Pp. 479-491.
3. In each of these cases the statements were obtained under circumstances that did not
meet constitutional standards for protection of the privilege against self-incrimination.
Pp. 491-499.
98 Ariz. 18, 401 P.2d 721; 15 N. Y. 2d 970, 207 N. E. 2d 527; 16 N. Y. 2d 614, 209 N. E. 2d 110;
342 F.2d 684, reversed; 62 Cal. 2d 571, 400 P.2d 97, affirmed. [384 U.S. 436, 438]

John J. Flynn argued the cause for petitioner in No. 759. With him on the brief was John P.
Frank. Victor M. Earle III argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioner in No. 760. F. Conger
Fawcett argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioner in No. 761. Gordon Ringer, Deputy
Attorney General of California, argued the cause for petitioner in No. 584. With him on the briefs
were Thomas C. Lynch, Attorney General, and William E. James, Assistant Attorney General.

Gary K. Nelson, Assistant Attorney General of Arizona, argued the cause for respondent in No.
759. With him on the brief was Darrell F. Smith, Attorney General. William I. Siegel argued the
cause for respondent in No. 760. With him on the brief was Aaron E. Koota. Solicitor General
Marshall argued the cause for the United States in No. 761. With him on the brief were Assistant
Attorney General Vinson, Ralph S. Spritzer, Nathan Lewin, Beatrice Rosenberg and Ronald L.
Gainer. William A. Norris, by appointment of the Court, 382 U.S. 952 , argued the cause and
filed a brief for respondent in No. 584.

Telford Taylor, by special leave of Court, argued the cause for the State of New York, as amicus
curiae, in all cases. With him on the brief were Louis J. Lefkowitz, Attorney General of New
York, Samuel A. Hirshowitz, First Assistant Attorney General, and Barry Mahoney and George
D. Zuckerman, Assistant Attorneys General, joined by the Attorneys General for their respective
States and jurisdictions as follows: Richmond M. Flowers of Alabama, Darrell F. Smith of
Arizona, Bruce Bennett of Arkansas, Duke W. Dunbar of Colorado, David P. Buckson of
Delaware, Earl Faircloth of Florida, Arthur K. Bolton of Georgia, Allan G. Shepard of Idaho,
William G. Clark of Illinois, Robert C. Londerholm of Kansas, Robert Matthews of Kentucky,
Jack P. F. [384 U.S. 436, 439] Gremillion of Louisiana, Richard J. Dubord of Maine, Thomas B.
Finan of Maryland, Norman H. Anderson of Missouri, Forrest H. Anderson of Montana,
Clarence A. H. Meyer of Nebraska, T. Wade Bruton of North Carolina, Helgi Johanneson of
North Dakota, Robert Y. Thornton of Oregon, Walter E. Alessandroni of Pennsylvania, J. Joseph
Nugent of Rhode Island, Daniel R. McLeod of South Carolina, Waggoner Carr of Texas, Robert
Y. Button of Virginia, John J. O'Connell of Washington, C. Donald Robertson of West Virginia,
John F. Raper of Wyoming, Rafael Hernandez Colon of Puerto Rico and Francisco Corneiro of
the Virgin Islands.

Duane R. Nedrud, by special leave of Court, argued the cause for the National District Attorneys
Association, as amicus curiae, urging affirmance in Nos. 759 and 760, and reversal in No. 584.
With him on the brief was Marguerite D. Oberto.

Anthony G. Amsterdam, Paul J. Mishkin, Raymond L. Bradley, Peter Hearn and Melvin L. Wulf
filed a brief for the American Civil Liberties Union, as amicus curiae, in all cases.

MR. CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN delivered the opinion of the Court.

The cases before us raise questions which go to the roots of our concepts of American criminal
jurisprudence: the restraints society must observe consistent with the Federal Constitution in
prosecuting individuals for crime. More specifically, we deal with the admissibility of statements
obtained from an individual who is subjected to custodial police interrogation and the necessity
for procedures which assure that the individual is accorded his privilege under the Fifth
Amendment to the Constitution not to be compelled to incriminate himself. [384 U.S. 436, 440]

We dealt with certain phases of this problem recently in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478
(1964). There, as in the four cases before us, law enforcement officials took the defendant into
custody and interrogated him in a police station for the purpose of obtaining a confession. The
police did not effectively advise him of his right to remain silent or of his right to consult with
his attorney. Rather, they confronted him with an alleged accomplice who accused him of having
perpetrated a murder. When the defendant denied the accusation and said "I didn't shoot Manuel,
you did it," they handcuffed him and took him to an interrogation room. There, while handcuffed
and standing, he was questioned for four hours until he confessed. During this interrogation, the
police denied his request to speak to his attorney, and they prevented his retained attorney, who
had come to the police station, from consulting with him. At his trial, the State, over his
objection, introduced the confession against him. We held that the statements thus made were
constitutionally inadmissible.

This case has been the subject of judicial interpretation and spirited legal debate since it was
decided two years ago. Both state and federal courts, in assessing its implications, have arrived at
varying conclusions. 1 A wealth of scholarly material has been written tracing its ramifications
and underpinnings. 2 Police and prosecutor [384 U.S. 436, 441] have speculated on its range and
desirability. 3 We granted certiorari in these cases, 382 U.S. 924, 925 , 937, in order further to
explore some facets of the problems, thus exposed, of applying the privilege against self-
incrimination to in-custody interrogation, and to give [384 U.S. 436, 442] concrete constitutional
guidelines for law enforcement agencies and courts to follow.
We start here, as we did in Escobedo, with the premise that our holding is not an innovation in
our jurisprudence, but is an application of principles long recognized and applied in other
settings. We have undertaken a thorough re-examination of the Escobedo decision and the
principles it announced, and we reaffirm it. That case was but an explication of basic rights that
are enshrined in our Constitution - that "No person . . . shall be compelled in any criminal case to
be a witness against himself," and that "the accused shall . . . have the Assistance of Counsel" -
rights which were put in jeopardy in that case through official overbearing. These precious rights
were fixed in our Constitution only after centuries of persecution and struggle. And in the words
of Chief Justice Marshall, they were secured "for ages to come, and . . . designed to approach
immortality as nearly as human institutions can approach it," Cohens v. Virginia, 6 Wheat. 264,
387 (1821).

Over 70 years ago, our predecessors on this Court eloquently stated:

"The maxim nemo tenetur seipsum accusare had its origin in a protest against the
inquisitorial and manifestly unjust methods of interrogating accused persons, which
[have] long obtained in the continental system, and, until the expulsion of the Stuarts
from the British throne in 1688, and the erection of additional barriers for the protection
of the people against the exercise of arbitrary power, [were] not uncommon even in
England. While the admissions or confessions of the prisoner, when voluntarily and
freely made, have always ranked high in the scale of incriminating evidence, if an
accused person be asked to explain his apparent connection with a crime under
investigation, the ease with which the [384 U.S. 436, 443] questions put to him may assume
an inquisitorial character, the temptation to press the witness unduly, to browbeat him if
he be timid or reluctant, to push him into a corner, and to entrap him into fatal
contradictions, which is so painfully evident in many of the earlier state trials, notably in
those of Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, and Udal, the Puritan minister, made the system so
odious as to give rise to a demand for its total abolition. The change in the English
criminal procedure in that particular seems to be founded upon no statute and no judicial
opinion, but upon a general and silent acquiescence of the courts in a popular demand.
But, however adopted, it has become firmly embedded in English, as well as in American
jurisprudence. So deeply did the iniquities of the ancient system impress themselves upon
the minds of the American colonists that the States, with one accord, made a denial of the
right to question an accused person a part of their fundamental law, so that a maxim,
which in England was a mere rule of evidence, became clothed in this country with the
impregnability of a constitutional enactment." Brown v. Walker, 161 U.S. 591, 596 -597
In stating the obligation of the judiciary to apply these constitutional rights, this Court declared
in Weems v. United States, 217 U.S. 349, 373 (1910):
". . . our contemplation cannot be only of what has been but of what may be. Under any
other rule a constitution would indeed be as easy of application as it would be deficient in
efficacy and power. Its general principles would have little value and be converted by
precedent into impotent and lifeless formulas. Rights declared in words might be lost in
reality. And this has been recognized. The [384 U.S. 436, 444] meaning and vitality of the
Constitution have developed against narrow and restrictive construction."
This was the spirit in which we delineated, in meaningful language, the manner in which the
constitutional rights of the individual could be enforced against overzealous police practices. It
was necessary in Escobedo, as here, to insure that what was proclaimed in the Constitution had
not become but a "form of words," Silverthorne Lumber Co. v. United States, 251 U.S. 385, 392
(1920), in the hands of government officials. And it is in this spirit, consistent with our role as
judges, that we adhere to the principles of Escobedo today.

Our holding will be spelled out with some specificity in the pages which follow but briefly stated
it is this: the prosecution may not use statements, whether exculpatory or inculpatory, stemming
from custodial interrogation of the defendant unless it demonstrates the use of procedural
safeguards effective to secure the privilege against self-incrimination. By custodial interrogation,
we mean questioning initiated by law enforcement officers after a person has been taken into
custody or otherwise deprived of his freedom of action in any significant way. 4 As for the
procedural safeguards to be employed, unless other fully effective means are devised to inform
accused persons of their right of silence and to assure a continuous opportunity to exercise it, the
following measures are required. Prior to any questioning, the person must be warned that he has
a right to remain silent, that any statement he does make may be used as evidence against him,
and that he has a right to the presence of an attorney, either retained or appointed. The defendant
may waive effectuation of these rights, provided the waiver is made voluntarily, knowingly and
intelligently. If, however, he indicates in any manner and at any stage of the [384 U.S. 436, 445]
process that he wishes to consult with an attorney before speaking there can be no questioning.
Likewise, if the individual is alone and indicates in any manner that he does not wish to be
interrogated, the police may not question him. The mere fact that he may have answered some
questions or volunteered some statements on his own does not deprive him of the right to refrain
from answering any further inquiries until he has consulted with an attorney and thereafter
consents to be questioned.


The constitutional issue we decide in each of these cases is the admissibility of statements
obtained from a defendant questioned while in custody or otherwise deprived of his freedom of
action in any significant way. In each, the defendant was questioned by police officers,
detectives, or a prosecuting attorney in a room in which he was cut off from the outside world. In
none of these cases was the defendant given a full and effective warning of his rights at the
outset of the interrogation process. In all the cases, the questioning elicited oral admissions, and
in three of them, signed statements as well which were admitted at their trials. They all thus share
salient features - incommunicado interrogation of individuals in a police-dominated atmosphere,
resulting in self-incriminating statements without full warnings of constitutional rights.

An understanding of the nature and setting of this in-custody interrogation is essential to our
decisions today. The difficulty in depicting what transpires at such interrogations stems from the
fact that in this country they have largely taken place incommunicado. From extensive factual
studies undertaken in the early 1930's, including the famous Wickersham Report to Congress by
a Presidential Commission, it is clear that police violence and the "third degree" flourished at
that time. 5 [384 U.S. 436, 446] In a series of cases decided by this Court long after these studies,
the police resorted to physical brutality - beating, hanging, whipping - and to sustained and
protracted questioning incommunicado in order to extort confessions. 6 The Commission on
Civil Rights in 1961 found much evidence to indicate that "some policemen still resort to
physical force to obtain confessions," 1961 Comm'n on Civil Rights Rep., Justice, pt. 5, 17. The
use of physical brutality and violence is not, unfortunately, relegated to the past or to any part of
the country. Only recently in Kings County, New York, the police brutally beat, kicked and
placed lighted cigarette butts on the back of a potential witness under interrogation for the
purpose of securing a statement incriminating a third party. People v. Portelli, 15 N. Y. 2d 235,
205 N. E. 2d 857, 257 N. Y. S. 2d 931 (1965). 7 [384 U.S. 436, 447]

The examples given above are undoubtedly the exception now, but they are sufficiently
widespread to be the object of concern. Unless a proper limitation upon custodial interrogation is
achieved - such as these decisions will advance - there can be no assurance that practices of this
nature will be eradicated in the foreseeable future. The conclusion of the Wickersham
Commission Report, made over 30 years ago, is still pertinent:

"To the contention that the third degree is necessary to get the facts, the reporters aptly
reply in the language of the present Lord Chancellor of England (Lord Sankey): `It is not
admissible to do a great right by doing a little wrong. . . . It is not sufficient to do justice
by obtaining a proper result by irregular or improper means.' Not only does the use of the
third degree involve a flagrant violation of law by the officers of the law, but it involves
also the dangers of false confessions, and it tends to make police and prosecutors less
zealous in the search for objective evidence. As the New York prosecutor quoted in the
report said, `It is a short cut and makes the police lazy and unenterprising.' Or, as another
official quoted remarked: `If you use your fists, you [384 U.S. 436, 448] are not so likely to
use your wits.' We agree with the conclusion expressed in the report, that `The third
degree brutalizes the police, hardens the prisoner against society, and lowers the esteem
in which the administration of justice is held by the public.'" IV National Commission on
Law Observance and Enforcement, Report on Lawlessness in Law Enforcement 5 (1931).
Again we stress that the modern practice of in-custody interrogation is psychologically rather
than physically oriented. As we have stated before, "Since Chambers v. Florida, 309 U.S. 227 ,
this Court has recognized that coercion can be mental as well as physical, and that the blood of
the accused is not the only hallmark of an unconstitutional inquisition." Blackburn v. Alabama,
361 U.S. 199, 206 (1960). Interrogation still takes place in privacy. Privacy results in secrecy and
this in turn results in a gap in our knowledge as to what in fact goes on in the interrogation
rooms. A valuable source of information about present police practices, however, may be found
in various police manuals and texts which document procedures employed with success in the
past, and which recommend various other effective tactics. 8 These [384 U.S. 436, 449] texts are
used by law enforcement agencies themselves as guides. 9 It should be noted that these texts
professedly present the most enlightened and effective means presently used to obtain statements
through custodial interrogation. By considering these texts and other data, it is possible to
describe procedures observed and noted around the country.

The officers are told by the manuals that the "principal psychological factor contributing to a
successful interrogation is privacy - being alone with the person under interrogation." 10 The
efficacy of this tactic has been explained as follows:
"If at all practicable, the interrogation should take place in the investigator's office or at
least in a room of his own choice. The subject should be deprived of every psychological
advantage. In his own home he may be confident, indignant, or recalcitrant. He is more
keenly aware of his rights and [384 U.S. 436, 450] more reluctant to tell of his indiscretions
or criminal behavior within the walls of his home. Moreover his family and other friends
are nearby, their presence lending moral support. In his own office, the investigator
possesses all the advantages. The atmosphere suggests the invincibility of the forces of
the law." 11
To highlight the isolation and unfamiliar surroundings, the manuals instruct the police to display
an air of confidence in the suspect's guilt and from outward appearance to maintain only an
interest in confirming certain details. The guilt of the subject is to be posited as a fact. The
interrogator should direct his comments toward the reasons why the subject committed the act,
rather than court failure by asking the subject whether he did it. Like other men, perhaps the
subject has had a bad family life, had an unhappy childhood, had too much to drink, had an
unrequited desire for women. The officers are instructed to minimize the moral seriousness of the
offense, 12 to cast blame on the victim or on society. 13 These tactics are designed to put the
subject in a psychological state where his story is but an elaboration of what the police purport to
know already - that he is guilty. Explanations to the contrary are dismissed and discouraged.

The texts thus stress that the major qualities an interrogator should possess are patience and
perseverance. [384 U.S. 436, 451] One writer describes the efficacy of these characteristics in this

"In the preceding paragraphs emphasis has been placed on kindness and stratagems. The
investigator will, however, encounter many situations where the sheer weight of his
personality will be the deciding factor. Where emotional appeals and tricks are employed
to no avail, he must rely on an oppressive atmosphere of dogged persistence. He must
interrogate steadily and without relent, leaving the subject no prospect of surcease. He
must dominate his subject and overwhelm him with his inexorable will to obtain the
truth. He should interrogate for a spell of several hours pausing only for the subject's
necessities in acknowledgment of the need to avoid a charge of duress that can be
technically substantiated. In a serious case, the interrogation may continue for days, with
the required intervals for food and sleep, but with no respite from the atmosphere of
domination. It is possible in this way to induce the subject to talk without resorting to
duress or coercion. The method should be used only when the guilt of the subject appears
highly probable." 14
The manuals suggest that the suspect be offered legal excuses for his actions in order to obtain an
initial admission of guilt. Where there is a suspected revenge-killing, for example, the
interrogator may say:
"Joe, you probably didn't go out looking for this fellow with the purpose of shooting him.
My guess is, however, that you expected something from him and that's why you carried
a gun - for your own protection. You knew him for what he was, no good. Then when you
met him he probably started using foul, abusive language and he gave some indication
[384 U.S. 436, 452] that he was about to pull a gun on you, and that's when you had to act
to save your own life. That's about it, isn't it, Joe?" 15
Having then obtained the admission of shooting, the interrogator is advised to refer to
circumstantial evidence which negates the self-defense explanation. This should enable him to
secure the entire story. One text notes that "Even if he fails to do so, the inconsistency between
the subject's original denial of the shooting and his present admission of at least doing the
shooting will serve to deprive him of a self-defense `out' at the time of trial." 16

When the techniques described above prove unavailing, the texts recommend they be alternated
with a show of some hostility. One ploy often used has been termed the "friendly-unfriendly" or
the "Mutt and Jeff" act:

". . . In this technique, two agents are employed. Mutt, the relentless investigator, who
knows the subject is guilty and is not going to waste any time. He's sent a dozen men
away for this crime and he's going to send the subject away for the full term. Jeff, on the
other hand, is obviously a kindhearted man. He has a family himself. He has a brother
who was involved in a little scrape like this. He disapproves of Mutt and his tactics and
will arrange to get him off the case if the subject will cooperate. He can't hold Mutt off
for very long. The subject would be wise to make a quick decision. The technique is
applied by having both investigators present while Mutt acts out his role. Jeff may stand
by quietly and demur at some of Mutt's tactics. When Jeff makes his plea for cooperation,
Mutt is not present in the room." 17 [384 U.S. 436, 453]
The interrogators sometimes are instructed to induce a confession out of trickery. The technique
here is quite effective in crimes which require identification or which run in series. In the
identification situation, the interrogator may take a break in his questioning to place the subject
among a group of men in a line-up. "The witness or complainant (previously coached, if
necessary) studies the line-up and confidently points out the subject as the guilty party." 18 Then
the questioning resumes "as though there were now no doubt about the guilt of the subject." A
variation on this technique is called the "reverse line-up":
"The accused is placed in a line-up, but this time he is identified by several fictitious
witnesses or victims who associated him with different offenses. It is expected that the
subject will become desperate and confess to the offense under investigation in order to
escape from the false accusations." 19
The manuals also contain instructions for police on how to handle the individual who refuses to
discuss the matter entirely, or who asks for an attorney or relatives. The examiner is to concede
him the right to remain silent. "This usually has a very undermining effect. First of all, he is
disappointed in his expectation of an unfavorable reaction on the part of the interrogator.
Secondly, a concession of this right to remain silent impresses [384 U.S. 436, 454] the subject with
the apparent fairness of his interrogator." 20 After this psychological conditioning, however, the
officer is told to point out the incriminating significance of the suspect's refusal to talk:
"Joe, you have a right to remain silent. That's your privilege and I'm the last person in the
world who'll try to take it away from you. If that's the way you want to leave this, O. K.
But let me ask you this. Suppose you were in my shoes and I were in yours and you
called me in to ask me about this and I told you, `I don't want to answer any of your
questions.' You'd think I had something to hide, and you'd probably be right in thinking
that. That's exactly what I'll have to think about you, and so will everybody else. So let's
sit here and talk this whole thing over." 21
Few will persist in their initial refusal to talk, it is said, if this monologue is employed correctly.
In the event that the subject wishes to speak to a relative or an attorney, the following advice is

"[T]he interrogator should respond by suggesting that the subject first tell the truth to the
interrogator himself rather than get anyone else involved in the matter. If the request is
for an attorney, the interrogator may suggest that the subject save himself or his family
the expense of any such professional service, particularly if he is innocent of the offense
under investigation. The interrogator may also add, `Joe, I'm only looking for the truth,
and if you're telling the truth, that's it. You can handle this by yourself.'" 22 [384 U.S. 436,
From these representative samples of interrogation techniques, the setting prescribed by the
manuals and observed in practice becomes clear. In essence, it is this: To be alone with the
subject is essential to prevent distraction and to deprive him of any outside support. The aura of
confidence in his guilt undermines his will to resist. He merely confirms the preconceived story
the police seek to have him describe. Patience and persistence, at times relentless questioning,
are employed. To obtain a confession, the interrogator must "patiently maneuver himself or his
quarry into a position from which the desired objective may be attained." 23 When normal
procedures fail to produce the needed result, the police may resort to deceptive stratagems such
as giving false legal advice. It is important to keep the subject off balance, for example, by
trading on his insecurity about himself or his surroundings. The police then persuade, trick, or
cajole him out of exercising his constitutional rights.

Even without employing brutality, the "third degree" or the specific stratagems described above,
the very fact of custodial interrogation exacts a heavy toll on individual liberty and trades on the
weakness of individuals. 24 [384 U.S. 436, 456] This fact may be illustrated simply by referring
to three confession cases decided by this Court in the Term immediately preceding our Escobedo
decision. In Townsend v. Sain, 372 U.S. 293 (1963), the defendant was a 19-year-old heroin
addict, described as a "near mental defective," id., at 307-310. The defendant in Lynumn v.
Illinois, 372 U.S. 528 (1963), was a woman who confessed to the arresting officer after being
importuned to "cooperate" in order to prevent her children from being taken by relief authorities.
This Court as in those cases reversed the conviction of a defendant in Haynes v. Washington, 373
U.S. 503 (1963), whose persistent request during his interrogation was to phone his wife or
attorney. 25 In other settings, these individuals might have exercised their constitutional rights.
In the incommunicado police-dominated atmosphere, they succumbed.

In the cases before us today, given this background, we concern ourselves primarily with this
interrogation atmosphere and the evils it can bring. In No. 759, Miranda v. Arizona, the police
arrested the defendant and took him to a special interrogation room where they secured a
confession. In No. 760, Vignera v. New York, the defendant made oral admissions to the police
after interrogation in the afternoon, and then signed an inculpatory statement upon being
questioned by an assistant district attorney later the same evening. In No. 761, Westover v.
United States, the defendant was handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by [384 U.S.
436, 457] local authorities after they had detained and interrogated him for a lengthy period, both
at night and the following morning. After some two hours of questioning, the federal officers had
obtained signed statements from the defendant. Lastly, in No. 584, California v. Stewart, the
local police held the defendant five days in the station and interrogated him on nine separate
occasions before they secured his inculpatory statement.
In these cases, we might not find the defendants' statements to have been involuntary in
traditional terms. Our concern for adequate safeguards to protect precious Fifth Amendment
rights is, of course, not lessened in the slightest. In each of the cases, the defendant was thrust
into an unfamiliar atmosphere and run through menacing police interrogation procedures. The
potentiality for compulsion is forcefully apparent, for example, in Miranda, where the indigent
Mexican defendant was a seriously disturbed individual with pronounced sexual fantasies, and in
Stewart, in which the defendant was an indigent Los Angeles Negro who had dropped out of
school in the sixth grade. To be sure, the records do not evince overt physical coercion or patent
psychological ploys. The fact remains that in none of these cases did the officers undertake to
afford appropriate safeguards at the outset of the interrogation to insure that the statements were
truly the product of free choice.

It is obvious that such an interrogation environment is created for no purpose other than to
subjugate the individual to the will of his examiner. This atmosphere carries its own badge of
intimidation. To be sure, this is not physical intimidation, but it is equally destructive of human
dignity. 26 The current practice of incommunicado interrogation is at odds with one of our [384
U.S. 436, 458] Nation's most cherished principles - that the individual may not be compelled to
incriminate himself. Unless adequate protective devices are employed to dispel the compulsion
inherent in custodial surroundings, no statement obtained from the defendant can truly be the
product of his free choice.

From the foregoing, we can readily perceive an intimate connection between the privilege
against self-incrimination and police custodial questioning. It is fitting to turn to history and
precedent underlying the Self-Incrimination Clause to determine its applicability in this situation.


We sometimes forget how long it has taken to establish the privilege against self-incrimination,
the sources from which it came and the fervor with which it was defended. Its roots go back into
ancient times. 27 Perhaps [384 U.S. 436, 459] the critical historical event shedding light on its
origins and evolution was the trial of one John Lilburn, a vocal anti-Stuart Leveller, who was
made to take the Star Chamber Oath in 1637. The oath would have bound him to answer to all
questions posed to him on any subject. The Trial of John Lilburn and John Wharton, 3 How. St.
Tr. 1315 (1637). He resisted the oath and declaimed the proceedings, stating:

"Another fundamental right I then contended for, was, that no man's conscience ought to
be racked by oaths imposed, to answer to questions concerning himself in matters
criminal, or pretended to be so." Haller & Davies, The Leveller Tracts 1647-1653, p. 454
On account of the Lilburn Trial, Parliament abolished the inquisitorial Court of Star Chamber
and went further in giving him generous reparation. The lofty principles to which Lilburn had
appealed during his trial gained popular acceptance in England. 28 These sentiments worked
their way over to the Colonies and were implanted after great struggle into the Bill of Rights. 29
Those who framed our Constitution and the Bill of Rights were ever aware of subtle
encroachments on individual liberty. They knew that "illegitimate and unconstitutional practices
get their first footing . . . by silent approaches and slight deviations from legal modes of
procedure." Boyd v. United States, 116 U.S. 616, 635 (1886). The privilege was elevated to
constitutional status and has always been "as broad as the mischief [384 U.S. 436, 460] against
which it seeks to guard." Counselman v. Hitchcock, 142 U.S. 547, 562 (1892). We cannot depart
from this noble heritage.

Thus we may view the historical development of the privilege as one which groped for the
proper scope of governmental power over the citizen. As a "noble principle often transcends its
origins," the privilege has come rightfully to be recognized in part as an individual's substantive
right, a "right to a private enclave where he may lead a private life. That right is the hallmark of
our democracy." United States v. Grunewald, 233 F.2d 556, 579, 581-582 (Frank, J., dissenting),
rev'd, 353 U.S. 391 (1957). We have recently noted that the privilege against self-incrimination -
the essential mainstay of our adversary system - is founded on a complex of values, Murphy v.
Waterfront Comm'n, 378 U.S. 52, 55 -57, n. 5 (1964); Tehan v. Shott, 382 U.S. 406, 414 -415, n.
12 (1966). All these policies point to one overriding thought: the constitutional foundation
underlying the privilege is the respect a government - state or federal - must accord to the dignity
and integrity of its citizens. To maintain a "fair state-individual balance," to require the
government "to shoulder the entire load," 8 Wigmore, Evidence 317 (McNaughton rev. 1961), to
respect the inviolability of the human personality, our accusatory system of criminal justice
demands that the government seeking to punish an individual produce the evidence against him
by its own independent labors, rather than by the cruel, simple expedient of compelling it from
his own mouth. Chambers v. Florida, 309 U.S. 227, 235 -238 (1940). In sum, the privilege is
fulfilled only when the person is guaranteed the right "to remain silent unless he chooses to
speak in the unfettered exercise of his own will." Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1, 8 (1964).

The question in these cases is whether the privilege is fully applicable during a period of
custodial interrogation. [384 U.S. 436, 461] In this Court, the privilege has consistently been
accorded a liberal construction. Albertson v. SACB, 382 U.S. 70, 81 (1965); Hoffman v. United
States, 341 U.S. 479, 486 (1951); Arndstein v. McCarthy, 254 U.S. 71, 72 -73 (1920);
Counselman v. Hitchock, 142 U.S. 547, 562 (1892). We are satisfied that all the principles
embodied in the privilege apply to informal compulsion exerted by law-enforcement officers
during in-custody questioning. An individual swept from familiar surroundings into police
custody, surrounded by antagonistic forces, and subjected to the techniques of persuasion
described above cannot be otherwise than under compulsion to speak. As a practical matter, the
compulsion to speak in the isolated setting of the police station may well be greater than in
courts or other official investigations, where there are often impartial observers to guard against
intimidation or trickery. 30

This question, in fact, could have been taken as settled in federal courts almost 70 years ago,
when, in Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532, 542 (1897), this Court held:

"In criminal trials, in the courts of the United States, wherever a question arises whether a
confession is incompetent because not voluntary, the issue is controlled by that portion of
the Fifth Amendment . . . commanding that no person `shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself.'"
In Bram, the Court reviewed the British and American history and case law and set down the
Fifth Amendment standard for compulsion which we implement today:
"Much of the confusion which has resulted from the effort to deduce from the adjudged
cases what [384 U.S. 436, 462] would be a sufficient quantum of proof to show that a
confession was or was not voluntary, has arisen from a misconception of the subject to
which the proof must address itself. The rule is not that in order to render a statement
admissible the proof must be adequate to establish that the particular communications
contained in a statement were voluntarily made, but it must be sufficient to establish that
the making of the statement was voluntary; that is to say, that from the causes, which the
law treats as legally sufficient to engender in the mind of the accused hope or fear in
respect to the crime charged, the accused was not involuntarily impelled to make a
statement, when but for the improper influences he would have remained silent. . . ." 168
U.S., at 549 . And see, id., at 542.
The Court has adhered to this reasoning. In 1924, Mr. Justice Brandeis wrote for a unanimous
Court in reversing a conviction resting on a compelled confession, Wan v. United States, 266
U.S. 1 . He stated:
"In the federal courts, the requisite of voluntariness is not satisfied by establishing merely
that the confession was not induced by a promise or a threat. A confession is voluntary in
law if, and only if, it was, in fact, voluntarily made. A confession may have been given
voluntarily, although it was made to police officers, while in custody, and in answer to an
examination conducted by them. But a confession obtained by compulsion must be
excluded whatever may have been the character of the compulsion, and whether the
compulsion was applied in a judicial proceeding or otherwise. Bram v. United States, 168
U.S. 532 ." 266 U.S., at 14 -15.
In addition to the expansive historical development of the privilege and the sound policies which
have nurtured [384 U.S. 436, 463] its evolution, judicial precedent thus clearly establishes its
application to incommunicado interrogation. In fact, the Government concedes this point as well
established in No. 761, Westover v. United States, stating: "We have no doubt . . . that it is
possible for a suspect's Fifth Amendment right to be violated during in-custody questioning by a
law-enforcement officer." 31

Because of the adoption by Congress of Rule 5 (a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure,
and this Court's effectuation of that Rule in McNabb v. United States, 318 U.S. 332 (1943), and
Mallory v. United States, 354 U.S. 449 (1957), we have had little occasion in the past quarter
century to reach the constitutional issues in dealing with federal interrogations. These
supervisory rules, requiring production of an arrested person before a commissioner "without
unnecessary delay" and excluding evidence obtained in default of that statutory obligation, were
nonetheless responsive to the same considerations of Fifth Amendment policy that unavoidably
face us now as to the States. In McNabb, 318 U.S., at 343 -344, and in Mallory, 354 U.S., at 455
-456, we recognized both the dangers of interrogation and the appropriateness of prophylaxis
stemming from the very fact of interrogation itself. 32

Our decision in Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1 (1964), necessitates an examination of the scope of
the privilege in state cases as well. In Malloy, we squarely held the [384 U.S. 436, 464] privilege
applicable to the States, and held that the substantive standards underlying the privilege applied
with full force to state court proceedings. There, as in Murphy v. Waterfront Comm'n, 378 U.S.
52 (1964), and Griffin v. California, 380 U.S. 609 (1965), we applied the existing Fifth
Amendment standards to the case before us. Aside from the holding itself, the reasoning in
Malloy made clear what had already become apparent - that the substantive and procedural
safeguards surrounding admissibility of confessions in state cases had become exceedingly
exacting, reflecting all the policies embedded in the privilege, 378 U.S., at 7 -8. 33 The
voluntariness doctrine in the state cases, as Malloy indicates, encompasses all interrogation
practices which are likely to exert such pressure upon an individual as to disable him from [384
U.S. 436, 465] making a free and rational choice. 34 The implications of this proposition were
elaborated in our decision in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478 , decided one week after Malloy
applied the privilege to the States.

Our holding there stressed the fact that the police had not advised the defendant of his
constitutional privilege to remain silent at the outset of the interrogation, and we drew attention
to that fact at several points in the decision, 378 U.S., at 483 , 485, 491. This was no isolated
factor, but an essential ingredient in our decision. The entire thrust of police interrogation there,
as in all the cases today, was to put the defendant in such an emotional state as to impair his
capacity for rational judgment. The abdication of the constitutional privilege - the choice on his
part to speak to the police - was not made knowingly or competently because of the failure to
apprise him of his rights; the compelling atmosphere of the in-custody interrogation, and not an
independent decision on his part, caused the defendant to speak.

A different phase of the Escobedo decision was significant in its attention to the absence of
counsel during the questioning. There, as in the cases today, we sought a protective device to
dispel the compelling atmosphere of the interrogation. In Escobedo, however, the police did not
relieve the defendant of the anxieties which they had created in the interrogation rooms. Rather,
they denied his request for the assistance of counsel, 378 U.S., at 481 , 488, 491. 35 This
heightened his dilemma, and [384 U.S. 436, 466] made his later statements the product of this
compulsion. Cf. Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503, 514 (1963). The denial of the defendant's
request for his attorney thus undermined his ability to exercise the privilege - to remain silent if
he chose or to speak without any intimidation, blatant or subtle. The presence of counsel, in all
the cases before us today, would be the adequate protective device necessary to make the process
of police interrogation conform to the dictates of the privilege. His presence would insure that
statements made in the government-established atmosphere are not the product of compulsion.

It was in this manner that Escobedo explicated another facet of the pre-trial privilege, noted in
many of the Court's prior decisions: the protection of rights at trial. 36 That counsel is present
when statements are taken from an individual during interrogation obviously enhances the
integrity of the fact-finding processes in court. The presence of an attorney, and the warnings
delivered to the individual, enable the defendant under otherwise compelling circumstances to
tell his story without fear, effectively, and in a way that eliminates the evils in the interrogation
process. Without the protections flowing from adequate warnings and the rights of counsel, "all
the careful safeguards erected around the giving of testimony, whether by an accused or any
other witness, would become empty formalities in a procedure where the most compelling
possible evidence of guilt, a confession, would have already been obtained at the unsupervised
pleasure of the police." Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643, 685 (1961) (HARLAN, J., dissenting). Cf.
Pointer v. Texas, 380 U.S. 400 (1965). [384 U.S. 436, 467]

Today, then, there can be no doubt that the Fifth Amendment privilege is available outside of
criminal court proceedings and serves to protect persons in all settings in which their freedom of
action is curtailed in any significant way from being compelled to incriminate themselves. We
have concluded that without proper safeguards the process of in-custody interrogation of persons
suspected or accused of crime contains inherently compelling pressures which work to
undermine the individual's will to resist and to compel him to speak where he would not
otherwise do so freely. In order to combat these pressures and to permit a full opportunity to
exercise the privilege against self-incrimination, the accused must be adequately and effectively
apprised of his rights and the exercise of those rights must be fully honored.

It is impossible for us to foresee the potential alternatives for protecting the privilege which
might be devised by Congress or the States in the exercise of their creative rule-making
capacities. Therefore we cannot say that the Constitution necessarily requires adherence to any
particular solution for the inherent compulsions of the interrogation process as it is presently
conducted. Our decision in no way creates a constitutional straitjacket which will handicap sound
efforts at reform, nor is it intended to have this effect. We encourage Congress and the States to
continue their laudable search for increasingly effective ways of protecting the rights of the
individual while promoting efficient enforcement of our criminal laws. However, unless we are
shown other procedures which are at least as effective in apprising accused persons of their right
of silence and in assuring a continuous opportunity to exercise it, the following safeguards must
be observed.

At the outset, if a person in custody is to be subjected to interrogation, he must first be informed

in clear and [384 U.S. 436, 468] unequivocal terms that he has the right to remain silent. For those
unaware of the privilege, the warning is needed simply to make them aware of it - the threshold
requirement for an intelligent decision as to its exercise. More important, such a warning is an
absolute prerequisite in overcoming the inherent pressures of the interrogation atmosphere. It is
not just the subnormal or woefully ignorant who succumb to an interrogator's imprecations,
whether implied or expressly stated, that the interrogation will continue until a confession is
obtained or that silence in the face of accusation is itself damning and will bode ill when
presented to a jury. 37 Further, the warning will show the individual that his interrogators are
prepared to recognize his privilege should he choose to exercise it.

The Fifth Amendment privilege is so fundamental to our system of constitutional rule and the
expedient of giving an adequate warning as to the availability of the privilege so simple, we will
not pause to inquire in individual cases whether the defendant was aware of his rights without a
warning being given. Assessments of the knowledge the defendant possessed, based on
information [384 U.S. 436, 469] as to his age, education, intelligence, or prior contact with
authorities, can never be more than speculation; 38 a warning is a clearcut fact. More important,
whatever the background of the person interrogated, a warning at the time of the interrogation is
indispensable to overcome its pressures and to insure that the individual knows he is free to
exercise the privilege at that point in time.

The warning of the right to remain silent must be accompanied by the explanation that anything
said can and will be used against the individual in court. This warning is needed in order to make
him aware not only of the privilege, but also of the consequences of forgoing it. It is only
through an awareness of these consequences that there can be any assurance of real
understanding and intelligent exercise of the privilege. Moreover, this warning may serve to
make the individual more acutely aware that he is faced with a phase of the adversary system -
that he is not in the presence of persons acting solely in his interest.

The circumstances surrounding in-custody interrogation can operate very quickly to overbear the
will of one merely made aware of his privilege by his interrogators. Therefore, the right to have
counsel present at the interrogation is indispensable to the protection of the Fifth Amendment
privilege under the system we delineate today. Our aim is to assure that the individual's right to
choose between silence and speech remains unfettered throughout the interrogation process. A
once-stated warning, delivered by those who will conduct the interrogation, cannot itself suffice
to that end among those who most require knowledge of their rights. A mere [384 U.S. 436, 470]
warning given by the interrogators is not alone sufficient to accomplish that end. Prosecutors
themselves claim that the admonishment of the right to remain silent without more "will benefit
only the recidivist and the professional." Brief for the National District Attorneys Association as
amicus curiae, p. 14. Even preliminary advice given to the accused by his own attorney can be
swiftly overcome by the secret interrogation process. Cf. Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 485
, n. 5. Thus, the need for counsel to protect the Fifth Amendment privilege comprehends not
merely a right to consult with counsel prior to questioning, but also to have counsel present
during any questioning if the defendant so desires.

The presence of counsel at the interrogation may serve several significant subsidiary functions as
well. If the accused decides to talk to his interrogators, the assistance of counsel can mitigate the
dangers of untrustworthiness. With a lawyer present the likelihood that the police will practice
coercion is reduced, and if coercion is nevertheless exercised the lawyer can testify to it in court.
The presence of a lawyer can also help to guarantee that the accused gives a fully accurate
statement to the police and that the statement is rightly reported by the prosecution at trial. See
Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433, 443 -448 (1958) (DOUGLAS, J., dissenting).

An individual need not make a pre-interrogation request for a lawyer. While such request
affirmatively secures his right to have one, his failure to ask for a lawyer does not constitute a
waiver. No effective waiver of the right to counsel during interrogation can be recognized unless
specifically made after the warnings we here delineate have been given. The accused who does
not know his rights and therefore does not make a request [384 U.S. 436, 471] may be the person
who most needs counsel. As the California Supreme Court has aptly put it:

"Finally, we must recognize that the imposition of the requirement for the request would
discriminate against the defendant who does not know his rights. The defendant who does
not ask for counsel is the very defendant who most needs counsel. We cannot penalize a
defendant who, not understanding his constitutional rights, does not make the formal
request and by such failure demonstrates his helplessness. To require the request would
be to favor the defendant whose sophistication or status had fortuitously prompted him to
make it." People v. Dorado, 62 Cal. 2d 338, 351, 398 P.2d 361, 369-370, 42 Cal. Rptr.
169, 177-178 (1965) (Tobriner, J.).
In Carnley v. Cochran, 369 U.S. 506, 513 (1962), we stated: "[I]t is settled that where the
assistance of counsel is a constitutional requisite, the right to be furnished counsel does not
depend on a request." This proposition applies with equal force in the context of providing
counsel to protect an accused's Fifth Amendment privilege in the face of interrogation. 39
Although the role of counsel at trial differs from the role during interrogation, the differences are
not relevant to the question whether a request is a prerequisite.

Accordingly we hold that an individual held for interrogation must be clearly informed that he
has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation under
the system for protecting the privilege we delineate today. As with the warnings of the right to
remain silent and that anything stated can be used in evidence against him, this warning is an
absolute prerequisite to interrogation. No amount of [384 U.S. 436, 472] circumstantial evidence
that the person may have been aware of this right will suffice to stand in its stead: Only through
such a warning is there ascertainable assurance that the accused was aware of this right.

If an individual indicates that he wishes the assistance of counsel before any interrogation
occurs, the authorities cannot rationally ignore or deny his request on the basis that the individual
does not have or cannot afford a retained attorney. The financial ability of the individual has no
relationship to the scope of the rights involved here. The privilege against self-incrimination
secured by the Constitution applies to all individuals. The need for counsel in order to protect the
privilege exists for the indigent as well as the affluent. In fact, were we to limit these
constitutional rights to those who can retain an attorney, our decisions today would be of little
significance. The cases before us as well as the vast majority of confession cases with which we
have dealt in the past involve those unable to retain counsel. 40 While authorities are not
required to relieve the accused of his poverty, they have the obligation not to take advantage of
indigence in the administration of justice. 41 Denial [384 U.S. 436, 473] of counsel to the indigent
at the time of interrogation while allowing an attorney to those who can afford one would be no
more supportable by reason or logic than the similar situation at trial and on appeal struck down
in Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963), and Douglas v. California, 372 U.S. 353 (1963).

In order fully to apprise a person interrogated of the extent of his rights under this system then, it
is necessary to warn him not only that he has the right to consult with an attorney, but also that if
he is indigent a lawyer will be appointed to represent him. Without this additional warning, the
admonition of the right to consult with counsel would often be understood as meaning only that
he can consult with a lawyer if he has one or has the funds to obtain one. The warning of a right
to counsel would be hollow if not couched in terms that would convey to the indigent - the
person most often subjected to interrogation - the knowledge that he too has a right to have
counsel present. 42 As with the warnings of the right to remain silent and of the general right to
counsel, only by effective and express explanation to the indigent of this right can there be
assurance that he was truly in a position to exercise it. 43

Once warnings have been given, the subsequent procedure is clear. If the individual indicates in
any manner, [384 U.S. 436, 474] at any time prior to or during questioning, that he wishes to
remain silent, the interrogation must cease. 44 At this point he has shown that he intends to
exercise his Fifth Amendment privilege; any statement taken after the person invokes his
privilege cannot be other than the product of compulsion, subtle or otherwise. Without the right
to cut off questioning, the setting of in-custody interrogation operates on the individual to
overcome free choice in producing a statement after the privilege has been once invoked. If the
individual states that he wants an attorney, the interrogation must cease until an attorney is
present. At that time, the individual must have an opportunity to confer with the attorney and to
have him present during any subsequent questioning. If the individual cannot obtain an attorney
and he indicates that he wants one before speaking to police, they must respect his decision to
remain silent.

This does not mean, as some have suggested, that each police station must have a "station house
lawyer" present at all times to advise prisoners. It does mean, however, that if police propose to
interrogate a person they must make known to him that he is entitled to a lawyer and that if he
cannot afford one, a lawyer will be provided for him prior to any interrogation. If authorities
conclude that they will not provide counsel during a reasonable period of time in which
investigation in the field is carried out, they may refrain from doing so without violating the
person's Fifth Amendment privilege so long as they do not question him during that time. [384
U.S. 436, 475]

If the interrogation continues without the presence of an attorney and a statement is taken, a
heavy burden rests on the government to demonstrate that the defendant knowingly and
intelligently waived his privilege against self-incrimination and his right to retained or appointed
counsel. Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 490 , n. 14. This Court has always set high standards
of proof for the waiver of constitutional rights, Johnson v. Zerbst, 304 U.S. 458 (1938), and we
re-assert these standards as applied to in-custody interrogation. Since the State is responsible for
establishing the isolated circumstances under which the interrogation takes place and has the
only means of making available corroborated evidence of warnings given during incommunicado
interrogation, the burden is rightly on its shoulders.

An express statement that the individual is willing to make a statement and does not want an
attorney followed closely by a statement could constitute a waiver. But a valid waiver will not be
presumed simply from the silence of the accused after warnings are given or simply from the fact
that a confession was in fact eventually obtained. A statement we made in Carnley v. Cochran,
369 U.S. 506, 516 (1962), is applicable here:

"Presuming waiver from a silent record is impermissible. The record must show, or there
must be an allegation and evidence which show, that an accused was offered counsel but
intelligently and understandingly rejected the offer. Anything less is not waiver."
See also Glasser v. United States, 315 U.S. 60 (1942). Moreover, where in-custody interrogation
is involved, there is no room for the contention that the privilege is waived if the individual
answers some questions or gives [384 U.S. 436, 476] some information on his own prior to
invoking his right to remain silent when interrogated. 45

Whatever the testimony of the authorities as to waiver of rights by an accused, the fact of lengthy
interrogation or incommunicado incarceration before a statement is made is strong evidence that
the accused did not validly waive his rights. In these circumstances the fact that the individual
eventually made a statement is consistent with the conclusion that the compelling influence of
the interrogation finally forced him to do so. It is inconsistent with any notion of a voluntary
relinquishment of the privilege. Moreover, any evidence that the accused was threatened, tricked,
or cajoled into a waiver will, of course, show that the defendant did not voluntarily waive his
privilege. The requirement of warnings and waiver of rights is a fundamental with respect to the
Fifth Amendment privilege and not simply a preliminary ritual to existing methods of

The warnings required and the waiver necessary in accordance with our opinion today are, in the
absence of a fully effective equivalent, prerequisites to the admissibility of any statement made
by a defendant. No distinction can be drawn between statements which are direct confessions
and statements which amount to "admissions" of part or all of an offense. The privilege against
self-incrimination protects the individual from being compelled to incriminate himself in any
manner; it does not distinguish degrees of incrimination. Similarly, [384 U.S. 436, 477] for
precisely the same reason, no distinction may be drawn between inculpatory statements and
statements alleged to be merely "exculpatory." If a statement made were in fact truly exculpatory
it would, of course, never be used by the prosecution. In fact, statements merely intended to be
exculpatory by the defendant are often used to impeach his testimony at trial or to demonstrate
untruths in the statement given under interrogation and thus to prove guilt by implication. These
statements are incriminating in any meaningful sense of the word and may not be used without
the full warnings and effective waiver required for any other statement. In Escobedo itself, the
defendant fully intended his accusation of another as the slayer to be exculpatory as to himself.

The principles announced today deal with the protection which must be given to the privilege
against self-incrimination when the individual is first subjected to police interrogation while in
custody at the station or otherwise deprived of his freedom of action in any significant way. It is
at this point that our adversary system of criminal proceedings commences, distinguishing itself
at the outset from the inquisitorial system recognized in some countries. Under the system of
warnings we delineate today or under any other system which may be devised and found
effective, the safeguards to be erected about the privilege must come into play at this point.

Our decision is not intended to hamper the traditional function of police officers in investigating
crime. See Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 492 . When an individual is in custody on
probable cause, the police may, of course, seek out evidence in the field to be used at trial against
him. Such investigation may include inquiry of persons not under restraint. General on-the-scene
questioning as to facts surrounding a crime or other general questioning of citizens in the fact-
finding process is not affected by our holding. It is an act of [384 U.S. 436, 478] responsible
citizenship for individuals to give whatever information they may have to aid in law
enforcement. In such situations the compelling atmosphere inherent in the process of in-custody
interrogation is not necessarily present. 46

In dealing with statements obtained through interrogation, we do not purport to find all
confessions inadmissible. Confessions remain a proper element in law enforcement. Any
statement given freely and voluntarily without any compelling influences is, of course,
admissible in evidence. The fundamental import of the privilege while an individual is in custody
is not whether he is allowed to talk to the police without the benefit of warnings and counsel, but
whether he can be interrogated. There is no requirement that police stop a person who enters a
police station and states that he wishes to confess to a crime, 47 or a person who calls the police
to offer a confession or any other statement he desires to make. Volunteered statements of any
kind are not barred by the Fifth Amendment and their admissibility is not affected by our holding
To summarize, we hold that when an individual is taken into custody or otherwise deprived of
his freedom by the authorities in any significant way and is subjected to questioning, the
privilege against self-incrimination is jeopardized. Procedural safeguards must be employed to
[384 U.S. 436, 479] protect the privilege, and unless other fully effective means are adopted to
notify the person of his right of silence and to assure that the exercise of the right will be
scrupulously honored, the following measures are required. He must be warned prior to any
questioning that he has the right to remain silent, that anything he says can be used against him
in a court of law, that he has the right to the presence of an attorney, and that if he cannot afford
an attorney one will be appointed for him prior to any questioning if he so desires. Opportunity
to exercise these rights must be afforded to him throughout the interrogation. After such
warnings have been given, and such opportunity afforded him, the individual may knowingly and
intelligently waive these rights and agree to answer questions or make a statement. But unless
and until such warnings and waiver are demonstrated by the prosecution at trial, no evidence
obtained as a result of interrogation can be used against him. 48


A recurrent argument made in these cases is that society's need for interrogation outweighs the
privilege. This argument is not unfamiliar to this Court. See, e. g., Chambers v. Florida, 309 U.S.
227, 240 -241 (1940). The whole thrust of our foregoing discussion demonstrates that the
Constitution has prescribed the rights of the individual when confronted with the power of
government when it provided in the Fifth Amendment that an individual cannot be compelled to
be a witness against himself. That right cannot be abridged. As Mr. Justice Brandeis once

"Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected
to the same [384 U.S. 436, 480] rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen. In a
government of laws, existence of the government will be imperilled if it fails to observe
the law scrupulously. Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or
for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the
Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to
become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the
criminal law the end justifies the means . . . would bring terrible retribution. Against that
pernicious doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face." Olmstead v. United States,
277 U.S. 438, 485 (1928) (dissenting opinion). 49
In this connection, one of our country's distinguished jurists has pointed out: "The quality of a
nation's civilization can be largely measured by the methods it uses in the enforcement of its
criminal law." 50

If the individual desires to exercise his privilege, he has the right to do so. This is not for the
authorities to decide. An attorney may advise his client not to talk to police until he has had an
opportunity to investigate the case, or he may wish to be present with his client during any police
questioning. In doing so an attorney is merely exercising the good professional judgment he has
been taught. This is not cause for considering the attorney a menace to law enforcement. He is
merely carrying out what he is sworn to do under his oath - to protect to the extent of his ability
the rights of his [384 U.S. 436, 481] client. In fulfilling this responsibility the attorney plays a vital
role in the administration of criminal justice under our Constitution.

In announcing these principles, we are not unmindful of the burdens which law enforcement
officials must bear, often under trying circumstances. We also fully recognize the obligation of
all citizens to aid in enforcing the criminal laws. This Court, while protecting individual rights,
has always given ample latitude to law enforcement agencies in the legitimate exercise of their
duties. The limits we have placed on the interrogation process should not constitute an undue
interference with a proper system of law enforcement. As we have noted, our decision does not
in any way preclude police from carrying out their traditional investigatory functions. Although
confessions may play an important role in some convictions, the cases before us present graphic
examples of the overstatement of the "need" for confessions. In each case authorities conducted
interrogations ranging up to five days in duration despite the presence, through standard
investigating practices, of considerable evidence against each defendant. 51 Further examples are
chronicled in our prior cases. See, e. g., Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503, 518 -519 (1963);
Rogers v. Richmond, 365 U.S. 534, 541 (1961); Malinski v. New York, 324 U.S. 401, 402
(1945). 52 [384 U.S. 436, 482]

It is also urged that an unfettered right to detention for interrogation should be allowed because it
will often redound to the benefit of the person questioned. When police inquiry determines that
there is no reason to believe that the person has committed any crime, it is said, he will be
released without need for further formal procedures. The person who has committed no offense,
however, will be better able to clear himself after warnings with counsel present than without. It
can be assumed that in such circumstances a lawyer would advise his client to talk freely to
police in order to clear himself.

Custodial interrogation, by contrast, does not necessarily afford the innocent an opportunity to
clear themselves. A serious consequence of the present practice of the interrogation alleged to be
beneficial for the innocent is that many arrests "for investigation" subject large numbers of
innocent persons to detention and interrogation. In one of the cases before us, No. 584,
California v. Stewart, police held four persons, who were in the defendant's house at the time of
the arrest, in jail for five days until defendant confessed. At that time they were finally released.
Police stated that there was "no evidence to connect them with any crime." Available statistics on
the extent of this practice where it is condoned indicate that these four are far from alone in being
subjected to arrest, prolonged detention, and interrogation without the requisite probable cause.
53 [384 U.S. 436, 483]

Over the years the Federal Bureau of Investigation has compiled an exemplary record of
effective law enforcement while advising any suspect or arrested person, at the outset of an
interview, that he is not required to make a statement, that any statement may be used against
him in court, that the individual may obtain the services of an attorney of his own choice and,
more recently, that he has a right to free counsel if he is unable to pay. 54 A letter received from
the Solicitor General in response to a question from the Bench makes it clear that the present
pattern of warnings and respect for the [384 U.S. 436, 484] rights of the individual followed as a
practice by the FBI is consistent with the procedure which we delineate today. It states:
"At the oral argument of the above cause, Mr. Justice Fortas asked whether I could
provide certain information as to the practices followed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation. I have directed these questions to the attention of the Director of the
Federal Bureau of Investigation and am submitting herewith a statement of the questions
and of the answers which we have received.
"`(1) When an individual is interviewed by agents of the Bureau, what warning is given
to him?
"`The standard warning long given by Special Agents of the FBI to both suspects and
persons under arrest is that the person has a right to say nothing and a right to counsel,
and that any statement he does make may be used against him in court. Examples of this
warning are to be found in the Westover case at 342 F.2d 684 (1965), and Jackson v. U.S.,
337 F.2d 136 (1964), cert. den. 380 U.S. 935 .
"`After passage of the Criminal Justice Act of 1964, which provides free counsel for
Federal defendants unable to pay, we added to our instructions to Special Agents the
requirement that any person who is under arrest for an offense under FBI jurisdiction, or
whose arrest is contemplated following the interview, must also be advised of his right to
free counsel if he is unable to pay, and the fact that such counsel will be assigned by the
Judge. At the same time, we broadened the right to counsel warning [384 U.S. 436, 485] to
read counsel of his own choice, or anyone else with whom he might wish to speak.
"`(2) When is the warning given?
"`The FBI warning is given to a suspect at the very outset of the interview, as shown in
the Westover case, cited above. The warning may be given to a person arrested as soon as
practicable after the arrest, as shown in the Jackson case, also cited above, and in U.S. v.
Konigsberg, 336 F.2d 844 (1964), cert. den. 379 U.S. 933 , but in any event it must
precede the interview with the person for a confession or admission of his own guilt.
"`(3) What is the Bureau's practice in the event that (a) the individual requests counsel
and (b) counsel appears?
"`When the person who has been warned of his right to counsel decides that he wishes to
consult with counsel before making a statement, the interview is terminated at that point,
Shultz v. U.S., 351 F.2d 287 (1965). It may be continued, however, as to all matters other
than the person's own guilt or innocence. If he is indecisive in his request for counsel,
there may be some question on whether he did or did not waive counsel. Situations of this
kind must necessarily be left to the judgment of the interviewing Agent. For example, in
Hiram v. U.S., 354 F.2d 4 (1965), the Agent's conclusion that the person arrested had
waived his right to counsel was upheld by the courts.
"`A person being interviewed and desiring to consult counsel by telephone must be
permitted to do so, as shown in Caldwell v. U.S., 351 F.2d 459 (1965). When counsel
appears in person, he is permitted to confer with his client in private. [384 U.S. 436, 486]
"`(4) What is the Bureau's practice if the individual requests counsel, but cannot afford to
retain an attorney?
"`If any person being interviewed after warning of counsel decides that he wishes to
consult with counsel before proceeding further the interview is terminated, as shown
above. FBI Agents do not pass judgment on the ability of the person to pay for counsel.
They do, however, advise those who have been arrested for an offense under FBI
jurisdiction, or whose arrest is contemplated following the interview, of a right to free
counsel if they are unable to pay, and the availability of such counsel from the Judge.'" 55

The practice of the FBI can readily be emulated by state and local enforcement agencies. The
argument that the FBI deals with different crimes than are dealt with by state authorities does not
mitigate the significance of the FBI experience. 56

The experience in some other countries also suggests that the danger to law enforcement in curbs
on interrogation is overplayed. The English procedure since 1912 under the Judges' Rules is
significant. As recently [384 U.S. 436, 487] strengthened, the Rules require that a cautionary
warning be given an accused by a police officer as soon as he has evidence that affords
reasonable grounds for suspicion; they also require that any statement made be given by the
accused without questioning by police. 57 [384 U.S. 436, 488] The right of the individual to
consult with an attorney during this period is expressly recognized. 58

The safeguards present under Scottish law may be even greater than in England. Scottish judicial
decisions bar use in evidence of most confessions obtained through police interrogation. 59 In
India, confessions made to police not in the presence of a magistrate have been excluded [384 U.S.
436, 489] by rule of evidence since 1872, at a time when it operated under British law. 60
Identical provisions appear in the Evidence Ordinance of Ceylon, enacted in 1895. 61 Similarly,
in our country the Uniform Code of Military Justice has long provided that no suspect may be
interrogated without first being warned of his right not to make a statement and that any
statement he makes may be used against him. 62 Denial of the right to consult counsel during
interrogation has also been proscribed by military tribunals. 63 There appears to have been no
marked detrimental effect on criminal law enforcement in these jurisdictions as a result of these
rules. Conditions of law enforcement in our country are sufficiently similar to permit reference to
this experience as assurance that lawlessness will not result from warning an individual of his
rights or allowing him to exercise them. Moreover, it is consistent with our legal system that we
give at least as much protection to these rights as is given in the jurisdictions described. We deal
in our country with rights grounded in a specific requirement of the Fifth Amendment of the
Constitution, [384 U.S. 436, 490] whereas other jurisdictions arrived at their conclusions on the
basis of principles of justice not so specifically defined. 64

It is also urged upon us that we withhold decision on this issue until state legislative bodies and
advisory groups have had an opportunity to deal with these problems by rule making. 65 We
have already pointed out that the Constitution does not require any specific code of procedures
for protecting the privilege against self-incrimination during custodial interrogation. Congress
and the States are free to develop their own safeguards for the privilege, so long as they are fully
as effective as those described above in informing accused persons of their right of silence and in
affording a continuous opportunity to exercise it. In any event, however, the issues presented are
of constitutional dimensions and must be determined by the courts. The admissibility of a
statement in the face of a claim that it was obtained in violation of the defendant's constitutional
rights is an issue the resolution of which has long since been undertaken by this Court. See Hopt
v. Utah, 110 U.S. 574 (1884). Judicial solutions to problems of constitutional dimension have
evolved decade by decade. As courts have been presented with the need to enforce constitutional
rights, they have found means of doing so. That was our responsibility when Escobedo was
before us and it is our [384 U.S. 436, 491] responsibility today. Where rights secured by the
Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.


Because of the nature of the problem and because of its recurrent significance in numerous cases,
we have to this point discussed the relationship of the Fifth Amendment privilege to police
interrogation without specific concentration on the facts of the cases before us. We turn now to
these facts to consider the application to these cases of the constitutional principles discussed
above. In each instance, we have concluded that statements were obtained from the defendant
under circumstances that did not meet constitutional standards for protection of the privilege.

No. 759. Miranda v. Arizona.

On March 13, 1963, petitioner, Ernesto Miranda, was arrested at his home and taken in custody
to a Phoenix police station. He was there identified by the complaining witness. The police then
took him to "Interrogation Room No. 2" of the detective bureau. There he was questioned by two
police officers. The officers admitted at trial that Miranda was not advised that he had a right to
have an attorney present. 66 Two hours later, the [384 U.S. 436, 492] officers emerged from the
interrogation room with a written confession signed by Miranda. At the top of the statement was
a typed paragraph stating that the confession was made voluntarily, without threats or promises
of immunity and "with full knowledge of my legal rights, understanding any statement I make
may be used against me." 67

At his trial before a jury, the written confession was admitted into evidence over the objection of
defense counsel, and the officers testified to the prior oral confession made by Miranda during
the interrogation. Miranda was found guilty of kidnapping and rape. He was sentenced to 20 to
30 years' imprisonment on each count, the sentences to run concurrently. On appeal, the Supreme
Court of Arizona held that Miranda's constitutional rights were not violated in obtaining the
confession and affirmed the conviction. 98 Ariz. 18, 401 P.2d 721. In reaching its decision, the
court emphasized heavily the fact that Miranda did not specifically request counsel.

We reverse. From the testimony of the officers and by the admission of respondent, it is clear that
Miranda was not in any way apprised of his right to consult with an attorney and to have one
present during the interrogation, nor was his right not to be compelled to incriminate himself
effectively protected in any other manner. Without these warnings the statements were
inadmissible. The mere fact that he signed a statement which contained a typed-in clause stating
that he had "full knowledge" of his "legal rights" does not approach the knowing and intelligent
waiver required to relinquish constitutional rights. Cf. Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503 , [384
U.S. 436, 493] 512-513 (1963); Haley v. Ohio, 332 U.S. 596, 601 (1948) (opinion of MR.

No. 760. Vignera v. New York.

Petitioner, Michael Vignera, was picked up by New York police on October 14, 1960, in
connection with the robbery three days earlier of a Brooklyn dress shop. They took him to the
17th Detective Squad headquarters in Manhattan. Sometime thereafter he was taken to the 66th
Detective Squad. There a detective questioned Vignera with respect to the robbery. Vignera
orally admitted the robbery to the detective. The detective was asked on cross-examination at
trial by defense counsel whether Vignera was warned of his right to counsel before being
interrogated. The prosecution objected to the question and the trial judge sustained the objection.
Thus, the defense was precluded from making any showing that warnings had not been given.
While at the 66th Detective Squad, Vignera was identified by the store owner and a saleslady as
the man who robbed the dress shop. At about 3 p. m. he was formally arrested. The police then
transported him to still another station, the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn, "for detention." At 11 p. m.
Vignera was questioned by an assistant district attorney in the presence of a hearing reporter who
transcribed the questions and Vignera's answers. This verbatim account of these proceedings
contains no statement of any warnings given by the assistant district attorney. At Vignera's trial
on a charge of first degree robbery, the detective testified as to the oral confession. The
transcription of the statement taken was also introduced in evidence. At the conclusion of the
testimony, the trial judge charged the jury in part as follows:

"The law doesn't say that the confession is void or invalidated because the police officer
didn't advise the defendant as to his rights. Did you hear what [384 U.S. 436, 494] I said? I
am telling you what the law of the State of New York is."
Vignera was found guilty of first degree robbery. He was subsequently adjudged a third-felony
offender and sentenced to 30 to 60 years' imprisonment. 68 The conviction was affirmed without
opinion by the Appellate Division, Second Department, 21 App. Div. 2d 752, 252 N. Y. S. 2d 19,
and by the Court of Appeals, also without opinion, 15 N. Y. 2d 970, 207 N. E. 2d 527, 259 N. Y.
S. 2d 857, remittitur amended, 16 N. Y. 2d 614, 209 N. E. 2d 110, 261 N. Y. S. 2d 65. In
argument to the Court of Appeals, the State contended that Vignera had no constitutional right to
be advised of his right to counsel or his privilege against self-incrimination.

We reverse. The foregoing indicates that Vignera was not warned of any of his rights before the
questioning by the detective and by the assistant district attorney. No other steps were taken to
protect these rights. Thus he was not effectively apprised of his Fifth Amendment privilege or of
his right to have counsel present and his statements are inadmissible.

No. 761. Westover v. United States.

At approximately 9:45 p. m. on March 20, 1963, petitioner, Carl Calvin Westover, was arrested
by local police in Kansas City as a suspect in two Kansas City robberies. A report was also
received from the FBI that he was wanted on a felony charge in California. The local authorities
took him to a police station and placed him in a line-up on the local charges, and at about 11:45
p. m. he was booked. Kansas City police interrogated Westover [384 U.S. 436, 495] on the night of
his arrest. He denied any knowledge of criminal activities. The next day local officers
interrogated him again throughout the morning. Shortly before noon they informed the FBI that
they were through interrogating Westover and that the FBI could proceed to interrogate him.
There is nothing in the record to indicate that Westover was ever given any warning as to his
rights by local police. At noon, three special agents of the FBI continued the interrogation in a
private interview room of the Kansas City Police Department, this time with respect to the
robbery of a savings and loan association and a bank in Sacramento, California. After two or two
and one-half hours, Westover signed separate confessions to each of these two robberies which
had been prepared by one of the agents during the interrogation. At trial one of the agents
testified, and a paragraph on each of the statements states, that the agents advised Westover that
he did not have to make a statement, that any statement he made could be used against him, and
that he had the right to see an attorney.

Westover was tried by a jury in federal court and convicted of the California robberies. His
statements were introduced at trial. He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment on each count,
the sentences to run consecutively. On appeal, the conviction was affirmed by the Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 342 F.2d 684.

We reverse. On the facts of this case we cannot find that Westover knowingly and intelligently
waived his right to remain silent and his right to consult with counsel prior to the time he made
the statement. 69 At the [384 U.S. 436, 496] time the FBI agents began questioning Westover, he
had been in custody for over 14 hours and had been interrogated at length during that period. The
FBI interrogation began immediately upon the conclusion of the interrogation by Kansas City
police and was conducted in local police headquarters. Although the two law enforcement
authorities are legally distinct and the crimes for which they interrogated Westover were
different, the impact on him was that of a continuous period of questioning. There is no evidence
of any warning given prior to the FBI interrogation nor is there any evidence of an articulated
waiver of rights after the FBI commenced its interrogation. The record simply shows that the
defendant did in fact confess a short time after being turned over to the FBI following
interrogation by local police. Despite the fact that the FBI agents gave warnings at the outset of
their interview, from Westover's point of view the warnings came at the end of the interrogation
process. In these circumstances an intelligent waiver of constitutional rights cannot be assumed.

We do not suggest that law enforcement authorities are precluded from questioning any
individual who has been held for a period of time by other authorities and interrogated by them
without appropriate warnings. A different case would be presented if an accused were taken into
custody by the second authority, removed both in time and place from his original surroundings,
and then adequately advised of his rights and given an opportunity to exercise them. But here the
FBI interrogation was conducted immediately following the state interrogation in the same police
station - in the same compelling surroundings. Thus, in obtaining a confession from Westover
[384 U.S. 436, 497] the federal authorities were the beneficiaries of the pressure applied by the
local in-custody interrogation. In these circumstances the giving of warnings alone was not
sufficient to protect the privilege.

No. 584. California v. Stewart.

In the course of investigating a series of purse-snatch robberies in which one of the victims had
died of injuries inflicted by her assailant, respondent, Roy Allen Stewart, was pointed out to Los
Angeles police as the endorser of dividend checks taken in one of the robberies. At about 7:15 p.
m., January 31, 1963, police officers went to Stewart's house and arrested him. One of the
officers asked Stewart if they could search the house, to which he replied, "Go ahead." The
search turned up various items taken from the five robbery victims. At the time of Stewart's
arrest, police also arrested Stewart's wife and three other persons who were visiting him. These
four were jailed along with Stewart and were interrogated. Stewart was taken to the University
Station of the Los Angeles Police Department where he was placed in a cell. During the next five
days, police interrogated Stewart on nine different occasions. Except during the first
interrogation session, when he was confronted with an accusing witness, Stewart was isolated
with his interrogators.

During the ninth interrogation session, Stewart admitted that he had robbed the deceased and
stated that he had not meant to hurt her. Police then brought Stewart before a magistrate for the
first time. Since there was no evidence to connect them with any crime, the police then released
the other four persons arrested with him.

Nothing in the record specifically indicates whether Stewart was or was not advised of his right
to remain silent or his right to counsel. In a number of instances, [384 U.S. 436, 498] however, the
interrogating officers were asked to recount everything that was said during the interrogations.
None indicated that Stewart was ever advised of his rights.

Stewart was charged with kidnapping to commit robbery, rape, and murder. At his trial,
transcripts of the first interrogation and the confession at the last interrogation were introduced in
evidence. The jury found Stewart guilty of robbery and first degree murder and fixed the penalty
as death. On appeal, the Supreme Court of California reversed. 62 Cal. 2d 571, 400 P.2d 97, 43
Cal. Rptr. 201. It held that under this Court's decision in Escobedo, Stewart should have been
advised of his right to remain silent and of his right to counsel and that it would not presume in
the face of a silent record that the police advised Stewart of his rights. 70

We affirm. 71 In dealing with custodial interrogation, we will not presume that a defendant has
been effectively apprised of his rights and that his privilege against self-incrimination has been
adequately safeguarded on a record that does not show that any warnings have been given or that
any effective alternative has been employed. Nor can a knowing and intelligent waiver of [384
U.S. 436, 499] these rights be assumed on a silent record. Furthermore, Stewart's steadfast denial
of the alleged offenses through eight of the nine interrogations over a period of five days is
subject to no other construction than that he was compelled by persistent interrogation to forgo
his Fifth Amendment privilege.

Therefore, in accordance with the foregoing, the judgments of the Supreme Court of Arizona in
No. 759, of the New York Court of Appeals in No. 760, and of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth
Circuit in No. 761 are reversed. The judgment of the Supreme Court of California in No. 584 is

It is so ordered.


[ Footnote 1 ] Compare United States v. Childress, 347 F.2d 448 (C. A. 7th Cir. 1965), with
Collins v. Beto, 348 F.2d 823 (C. A. 5th Cir. 1965). Compare People v. Dorado, 62 Cal. 2d 338,
398 P.2d 361, 42 Cal. Rptr. 169 (1964) with People v. Hartgraves, 31 Ill. 2d 375, 202 N. E. 2d 33
[ Footnote 2 ] See, e. g., Enker & Elsen, Counsel for the Suspect: Massiah v. United States and
Escobedo v. Illinois, 49 Minn. L. Rev. 47 (1964); Herman, The Supreme Court and Restrictions
on Police Interrogation, 25 Ohio St. L. J. 449 (1964); Kamisar, Equal Justice in the Gatehouses
and Mansions of American Criminal Procedure, in Criminal Justice in Our Time 1 (1965);
Dowling, Escobedo and [384 U.S. 436, 441] Beyond: The Need for a Fourteenth Amendment Code
of Criminal Procedure, 56 J. Crim. L., C. & P. S. 143, 156 (1965).

The complex problems also prompted discussions by jurists. Compare Bazelon, Law, Morality,
and Civil Liberties, 12 U. C. L. A. L. Rev. 13 (1964), with Friendly, The Bill of Rights as a Code
of Criminal Procedure, 53 Calif. L. Rev. 929 (1965).

[ Footnote 3 ] For example, the Los Angeles Police Chief stated that "If the police are required . .
. to . . . establish that the defendant was apprised of his constitutional guarantees of silence and
legal counsel prior to the uttering of any admission or confession, and that he intelligently
waived these guarantees . . . a whole Pandora's box is opened as to under what circumstances . . .
can a defendant intelligently waive these rights. . . . Allegations that modern criminal
investigation can compensate for the lack of a confession or admission in every criminal case is
totally absurd!" Parker, 40 L. A. Bar Bull. 603, 607, 642 (1965). His prosecutorial counterpart,
District Attorney Younger, stated that "[I]t begins to appear that many of these seemingly
restrictive decisions are going to contribute directly to a more effective, efficient and
professional level of law enforcement." L. A. Times, Oct. 2, 1965, p. 1. The former Police
Commissioner of New York, Michael J. Murphy, stated of Escobedo: "What the Court is doing is
akin to requiring one boxer to fight by Marquis of Queensbury rules while permitting the other to
butt, gouge and bite." N. Y. Times, May 14, 1965, p. 39. The former United States Attorney for
the District of Columbia, David C. Acheson, who is presently Special Assistant to the Secretary
of the Treasury (for Enforcement), and directly in charge of the Secret Service and the Bureau of
Narcotics, observed that "Prosecution procedure has, at most, only the most remote causal
connection with crime. Changes in court decisions and prosecution procedure would have about
the same effect on the crime rate as an aspirin would have on a tumor of the brain." Quoted in
Herman, supra, n. 2, at 500, n. 270. Other views on the subject in general are collected in
Weisberg, Police Interrogation of Arrested Persons: A Skeptical View, 52 J. Crim. L., C. & P. S.
21 (1961).

[ Footnote 4 ] This is what we meant in Escobedo when we spoke of an investigation which had
focused on an accused.

[ Footnote 5 ] See, for example, IV National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement,
Report on Lawlessness in Law Enforcement (1931) [384 U.S. 436, 446] [Wickersham Report];
Booth, Confessions, and Methods Employed in Procuring Them, 4 So. Calif. L. Rev. 83 (1930);
Kauper, Judicial Examination of the Accused - A Remedy for the Third Degree, 30 Mich. L. Rev.
1224 (1932). It is significant that instances of third-degree treatment of prisoners almost
invariably took place during the period between arrest and preliminary examination. Wickersham
Report, at 169; Hall, The Law of Arrest in Relation to Contemporary Social Problems, 3 U. Chi.
L. Rev. 345, 357 (1936). See also Foote, Law and Police Practice: Safeguards in the Law of
Arrest, 52 Nw. U. L. Rev. 16 (1957).
[ Footnote 6 ] Brown v. Mississippi, 297 U.S. 278 (1936); Chambers v. Florida, 309 U.S. 227
(1940); Canty v. Alabama, 309 U.S. 629 (1940); White v. Texas, 310 U.S. 530 (1940); Vernon v.
Alabama, 313 U.S. 547 (1941); Ward v. Texas, 316 U.S. 547 (1942); Ashcraft v. Tennessee, 322
U.S. 143 (1944); Malinski v. New York, 324 U.S. 401 (1945); Leyra v. Denno, 347 U.S. 556
(1954). See also Williams v. United States, 341 U.S. 97 (1951).

[ Footnote 7 ] In addition, see People v. Wakat, 415 Ill. 610, 114 N. E. 2d 706 (1953); Wakat v.
Harlib, 253 F.2d 59 (C. A. 7th Cir. 1958) (defendant suffering from broken bones, multiple
bruises and injuries sufficiently serious to require eight months' medical treatment after being
manhandled by five policemen); Kier v. State, 213 Md. 556, 132 A. 2d 494 (1957) (police doctor
told accused, who was [384 U.S. 436, 447] strapped to a chair completely nude, that he proposed to
take hair and skin scrapings from anything that looked like blood or sperm from various parts of
his body); Bruner v. People, 113 Colo. 194, 156 P.2d 111 (1945) (defendant held in custody over
two months, deprived of food for 15 hours, forced to submit to a lie detector test when he wanted
to go to the toilet); People v. Matlock, 51 Cal. 2d 682, 336 P.2d 505 (1959) (defendant
questioned incessantly over an evening's time, made to lie on cold board and to answer questions
whenever it appeared he was getting sleepy). Other cases are documented in American Civil
Liberties Union, Illinois Division, Secret Detention by the Chicago Police (1959); Potts, The
Preliminary Examination and "The Third Degree," 2 Baylor L. Rev. 131 (1950); Sterling, Police
Interrogation and the Psychology of Confession, 14 J. Pub. L. 25 (1965).

[ Footnote 8 ] The manuals quoted in the text following are the most recent and representative of
the texts currently available. Material of the same nature appears in Kidd, Police Interrogation
(1940); Mulbar, Interrogation (1951); Dienstein, Technics for the Crime Investigator 97-115
(1952). Studies concerning the observed practices of the police appear in LaFave, Arrest: The
Decision To Take a Suspect Into Custody 244-437, 490-521 (1965); LaFave, Detention for
Investigation by the Police: An Analysis of Current Practices, 1962 Wash. U. L. Q. 331; Barrett,
Police Practices and the Law - From Arrest to Release or Charge, 50 Calif. L. Rev. 11 (1962);
Sterling, supra, n. 7, at 47-65.

[ Footnote 9 ] The methods described in Inbau & Reid, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions
(1962), are a revision and enlargement of material presented in three prior editions of a
predecessor text, Lie Detection and Criminal Interrogation (3d ed. 1953). The authors and their
associates are officers of the Chicago Police Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory and have had
extensive experience in writing, lecturing and speaking to law enforcement authorities over a 20-
year period. They say that the techniques portrayed in their manuals reflect their experiences and
are the most effective psychological stratagems to employ during interrogations. Similarly, the
techniques described in O'Hara, Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (1956), were gleaned
from long service as observer, lecturer in police science, and work as a federal criminal
investigator. All these texts have had rather extensive use among law enforcement agencies and
among students of police science, with total sales and circulation of over 44,000.

[ Footnote 10 ] Inbau & Reid, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions (1962), at 1.

[ Footnote 11 ] O'Hara, supra, at 99.

[ Footnote 12 ] Inbau & Reid, supra, at 34-43, 87. For example, in Leyra v. Denno, 347 U.S. 556
(1954), the interrogator-psychiatrist told the accused, "We do sometimes things that are not right,
but in a fit of temper or anger we sometimes do things we aren't really responsible for," id., at
562, and again, "We know that morally you were just in anger. Morally, you are not to be
condemned," id., at 582.

[ Footnote 13 ] Inbau & Reid, supra, at 43-55.

[ Footnote 14 ] O'Hara, supra, at 112.

[ Footnote 15 ] Inbau & Reid, supra, at 40.

[ Footnote 16 ] Ibid.

[ Footnote 17 ] O'Hara, supra, at 104, Inbau & Reid, supra, at 58-59. See Spano v. New York,
360 U.S. 315 (1959). A variant on the technique [384 U.S. 436, 453] of creating hostility is one of
engendering fear. This is perhaps best described by the prosecuting attorney in Malinski v. New
York, 324 U.S. 401, 407 (1945): "Why this talk about being undressed? Of course, they had a
right to undress him to look for bullet scars, and keep the clothes off him. That was quite proper
police procedure. That is some more psychology - let him sit around with a blanket on him,
humiliate him there for a while; let him sit in the corner, let him think he is going to get a

[ Footnote 18 ] O'Hara, supra, at 105-106.

[ Footnote 19 ] Id., at 106.

[ Footnote 20 ] Inbau & Reid, supra, at 111.

[ Footnote 21 ] Ibid.

[ Footnote 22 ] Inbau & Reid, supra, at 112.

[ Footnote 23 ] Inbau & Reid, Lie Detection and Criminal Interrogation 185 (3d ed. 1953).

[ Footnote 24 ] Interrogation procedures may even give rise to a false confession. The most
recent conspicuous example occurred in New York, in 1964, when a Negro of limited
intelligence confessed to two brutal murders and a rape which he had not committed. When this
was discovered, the prosecutor was reported as saying: "Call it what you want - brain-washing,
hypnosis, fright. They made him give an untrue confession. The only thing I don't believe is that
Whitmore was beaten." N. Y. Times, Jan. 28, 1965, p. 1, col. 5. In two other instances, similar
events had occurred. N. Y. Times, Oct. 20, 1964, p. 22, col. 1; N. Y. Times, Aug. 25, 1965, p. 1,
col. 1. In general, see Borchard, Convicting the Innocent (1932); Frank & Frank, Not Guilty
[ Footnote 25 ] In the fourth confession case decided by the Court in the 1962 Term, Fay v. Noia,
372 U.S. 391 (1963), our disposition made it unnecessary to delve at length into the facts. The
facts of the defendant's case there, however, paralleled those of his co-defendants, whose
confessions were found to have resulted from continuous and coercive interrogation for 27 hours,
with denial of requests for friends or attorney. See United States v. Murphy, 222 F.2d 698 (C. A.
2d Cir. 1955) (Frank, J.); People v. Bonino, 1 N. Y. 2d 752, 135 N. E. 2d 51 (1956).

[ Footnote 26 ] The absurdity of denying that a confession obtained under these circumstances is
compelled is aptly portrayed by an example in Professor [384 U.S. 436, 458] Sutherland's recent
article, Crime and Confession, 79 Harv. L. Rev. 21, 37 (1965):

"Suppose a well-to-do testatrix says she intends to will her property to Elizabeth. John
and James want her to bequeath it to them instead. They capture the testatrix, put her in a
carefully designed room, out of touch with everyone but themselves and their convenient
`witnesses,' keep her secluded there for hours while they make insistent demands, weary
her with contradictions of her assertions that she wants to leave her money to Elizabeth,
and finally induce her to execute the will in their favor. Assume that John and James are
deeply and correctly convinced that Elizabeth is unworthy and will make base use of the
property if she gets her hands on it, whereas John and James have the noblest and most
righteous intentions. Would any judge of probate accept the will so procured as the
`voluntary' act of the testatrix?"

[ Footnote 27 ] Thirteenth century commentators found an analogue to the privilege grounded in

the Bible. "To sum up the matter, the principle that no man is to be declared guilty on his own
admission is a divine decree." Maimonides, Mishneh Torah (Code of Jewish Law), Book of
Judges, Laws of the Sanhedrin, c. 18, 6, III Yale Judaica Series 52-53. See also Lamm, The Fifth
Amendment and Its Equivalent in the Halakhah, 5 Judaism 53 (Winter 1956).

[ Footnote 28 ] See Morgan, The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination, 34 Minn. L. Rev. 1, 9-11
(1949); 8 Wigmore, Evidence 289-295 (McNaughton rev. 1961). See also Lowell, The Judicial
Use of Torture, Parts I and II, 11 Harv. L. Rev. 220, 290 (1897).

[ Footnote 29 ] See Pittman, The Colonial and Constitutional History of the Privilege Against
Self-Incrimination in America, 21 Va. L. Rev. 763 (1935); Ullmann v. United States, 350 U.S.
422, 445 -449 (1956) (DOUGLAS, J., dissenting).

[ Footnote 30 ] Compare Brown v. Walker, 161 U.S. 591 (1896); Quinn v. United States, 349
U.S. 155 (1955).

[ Footnote 31 ] Brief for the United States, p. 28. To the same effect, see Brief for the United
States, pp. 40-49, n. 44, Anderson v. United States, 318 U.S. 350 (1943); Brief for the United
States, pp. 17-18, McNabb v. United States, 318 U.S. 332 (1943).

[ Footnote 32 ] Our decision today does not indicate in any manner, of course, that these rules
can be disregarded. When federal officials arrest an individual, they must as always comply with
the dictates of the congressional legislation and cases thereunder. See generally, Hogan & Snee,
The McNabb-Mallory Rule: Its Rise, Rationale and Rescue, 47 Geo. L. J. 1 (1958).

[ Footnote 33 ] The decisions of this Court have guaranteed the same procedural protection for
the defendant whether his confession was used in a federal or state court. It is now axiomatic that
the defendant's constitutional rights have been violated if his conviction is based, in whole or in
part, on an involuntary confession, regardless of its truth or falsity. Rogers v. Richmond, 365
U.S. 534, 544 (1961); Wan v. United States, 266 U.S. 1 (1924). This is so even if there is ample
evidence aside from the confession to support the conviction, e. g., Malinski v. New York, 324
U.S. 401, 404 (1945); Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532, 540 -542 (1897). Both state and
federal courts now adhere to trial procedures which seek to assure a reliable and clear-cut
determination of the voluntariness of the confession offered at trial, Jackson v. Denno, 378 U.S.
368 (1964); United States v. Carignan, 342 U.S. 36, 38 (1951); see also Wilson v. United States,
162 U.S. 613, 624 (1896). Appellate review is exacting, see Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503
(1963); Blackburn v. Alabama, 361 U.S. 199 (1960). Whether his conviction was in a federal or
state court, the defendant may secure a post-conviction hearing based on the alleged involuntary
character of his confession, provided he meets the procedural requirements, Fay v. Noia, 372
U.S. 391 (1963); Townsend v. Sain, 372 U.S. 293 (1963). In addition, see Murphy v. Waterfront
Comm'n, 378 U.S. 52 (1964).

[ Footnote 34 ] See Lisenba v. California, 314 U.S. 219, 241 (1941); Ashcraft v. Tennessee, 322
U.S. 143 (1944); Malinski v. New York, 324 U.S. 401 (1945); Spano v. New York, 360 U.S. 315
(1959); Lynumn v. Illinois, 372 U.S. 528 (1963); Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503 (1963).

[ Footnote 35 ] The police also prevented the attorney from consulting with his client.
Independent of any other constitutional proscription, this action constitutes a violation of the
Sixth Amendment right to the assistance of counsel and excludes any statement obtained in its
[384 U.S. 436, 466] wake. See People v. Donovan, 13 N. Y. 2d 148, 193 N. E. 2d 628, 243 N. Y. S.
2d 841 (1963) (Fuld, J.).

[ Footnote 36 ] In re Groban, 352 U.S. 330, 340 -352 (1957) (BLACK, J., dissenting); Note, 73
Yale L. J. 1000, 1048-1051 (1964); Comment, 31 U. Chi. L. Rev. 313, 320 (1964) and authorities

[ Footnote 37 ] See p. 454, supra. Lord Devlin has commented:

"It is probable that even today, when there is much less ignorance about these matters
than formerly, there is still a general belief that you must answer all questions put to you
by a policeman, or at least that it will be the worse for you if you do not." Devlin, The
Criminal Prosecution in England 32 (1958).
In accord with our decision today, it is impermissible to penalize an individual for exercising his
Fifth Amendment privilege when he is under police custodial interrogation. The prosecution may
not, therefore, use at trial the fact that he stood mute or claimed his privilege in the face of
accusation. Cf. Griffin v. California, 380 U.S. 609 (1965); Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1, 8
(1964); Comment, 31 U. Chi. L. Rev. 556 (1964); Developments in the Law - Confessions, 79
Harv. L. Rev. 935, 1041-1044 (1966). See also Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532, 562 (1897).
[ Footnote 38 ] Cf. Betts v. Brady, 316 U.S. 455 (1942), and the recurrent inquiry into special
circumstances it necessitated. See generally, Kamisar, Betts v. Brady Twenty Years Later: The
Right to Counsel and Due Process Values, 61 Mich. L. Rev. 219 (1962).

[ Footnote 39 ] See Herman, The Supreme Court and Restrictions on Police Interrogation, 25
Ohio St. L. J. 449, 480 (1964).

[ Footnote 40 ] Estimates of 50-90% indigency among felony defendants have been reported.
Pollock, Equal Justice in Practice, 45 Minn. L. Rev. 737, 738-739 (1961); Birzon, Kasanof &
Forma, The Right to Counsel and the Indigent Accused in Courts of Criminal Jurisdiction in New
York State, 14 Buffalo L. Rev. 428, 433 (1965).

[ Footnote 41 ] See Kamisar, Equal Justice in the Gatehouses and Mansions of American
Criminal Procedure, in Criminal Justice in Our Time 1, 64-81 (1965). As was stated in the Report
of the Attorney General's Committee on Poverty and the Administration of Federal Criminal
Justice 9 (1963):

"When government chooses to exert its powers in the criminal area, its obligation is
surely no less than that of taking reasonable measures to eliminate those factors that are
irrelevant to just administration of the law but which, nevertheless, may occasionally
affect determinations of the accused's liability or penalty. While government [384 U.S. 436,
473] may not be required to relieve the accused of his poverty, it may properly be
required to minimize the influence of poverty on its administration of justice."

[ Footnote 42 ] Cf. United States ex rel. Brown v. Fay, 242 F. Supp. 273, 277 (D.C. S. D. N. Y.
1965); People v. Witenski, 15 N. Y. 2d 392, 207 N. E. 2d 358, 259 N. Y. S. 2d 413 (1965).

[ Footnote 43 ] While a warning that the indigent may have counsel appointed need not be given
to the person who is known to have an attorney or is known to have ample funds to secure one,
the expedient of giving a warning is too simple and the rights involved too important to engage
in ex post facto inquiries into financial ability when there is any doubt at all on that score.

[ Footnote 44 ] If an individual indicates his desire to remain silent, but has an attorney present,
there may be some circumstances in which further questioning would be permissible. In the
absence of evidence of overbearing, statements then made in the presence of counsel might be
free of the compelling influence of the interrogation process and might fairly be construed as a
waiver of the privilege for purposes of these statements.

[ Footnote 45 ] Although this Court held in Rogers v. United States, 340 U.S. 367 (1951), over
strong dissent, that a witness before a grand jury may not in certain circumstances decide to
answer some questions and then refuse to answer others, that decision has no application to the
interrogation situation we deal with today. No legislative or judicial fact-finding authority is
involved here, nor is there a possibility that the individual might make self-serving statements of
which he could make use at trial while refusing to answer incriminating statements.
[ Footnote 46 ] The distinction and its significance has been aptly described in the opinion of a
Scottish court:

"In former times such questioning, if undertaken, would be conducted by police officers
visiting the house or place of business of the suspect and there questioning him, probably
in the presence of a relation or friend. However convenient the modern practice may be,
it must normally create a situation very unfavorable to the suspect." Chalmers v. H. M.
Advocate, 1954. Sess. Cas. 66, 78 (J. C.).

[ Footnote 47 ] See People v. Dorado, 62 Cal. 2d 338, 354, 398 P.2d 361, 371, 42 Cal. Rptr. 169,
179 (1965).

[ Footnote 48 ] In accordance with our holdings today and in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478,
492 , Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433 (1958) and Cicenia v. Lagay, 357 U.S. 504 (1958) are
not to be followed.

[ Footnote 49 ] In quoting the above from the dissenting opinion of Mr. Justice Brandeis we, of
course, do not intend to pass on the constitutional questions involved in the Olmstead case.

[ Footnote 50 ] Schaefer, Federalism and State Criminal Procedure, 70 Harv. L. Rev. 1, 26


[ Footnote 51 ] Miranda, Vignera, and Westover were identified by eyewitnesses. Marked bills
from the bank robbed were found in Westover's car. Articles stolen from the victim as well as
from several other robbery victims were found in Stewart's home at the outset of the

[ Footnote 52 ] Dealing as we do here with constitutional standards in relation to statements

made, the existence of independent corroborating evidence produced at trial is, of course,
irrelevant to our decisions. Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503, 518 -519 (1963); Lynumn v.
[384 U.S. 436, 482] Illinois, 372 U.S. 528, 537 -538 (1963); Rogers v. Richmond, 365 U.S. 534,
541 (1961); Blackburn v. Alabama, 361 U.S. 199, 206 (1960).

[ Footnote 53 ] See, e. g., Report and Recommendations of the [District of Columbia]

Commissioners' Committee on Police Arrests for Investigation (1962); American Civil Liberties
Union, Secret Detention by the Chicago Police (1959). An extreme example of this practice
occurred in the District of Columbia in 1958. Seeking three "stocky" young Negroes who had
robbed a restaurant, police rounded up 90 persons of that general description. Sixty-three were
held overnight [384 U.S. 436, 483] before being released for lack of evidence. A man not among
the 90 arrested was ultimately charged with the crime. Washington Daily News, January 21,
1958, p. 5, col. 1; Hearings before a Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on H. R.
11477, S. 2970, S. 3325, and S. 3355, 85th Cong., 2d Sess. (July 1958), pp. 40, 78.

[ Footnote 54 ] In 1952, J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, stated:
"Law enforcement, however, in defeating the criminal, must maintain inviolate the
historic liberties of the individual. To turn back the criminal, yet, by so doing, destroy the
dignity of the individual, would be a hollow victory.
"We can have the Constitution, the best laws in the land, and the most honest reviews by
courts - but unless the law enforcement profession is steeped in the democratic tradition,
maintains the highest in ethics, and makes its work a career of honor, civil liberties will
continually - and without end - be violated. . . . The best protection of civil liberties is an
alert, intelligent and honest law enforcement agency. There can be no alternative.
". . . Special Agents are taught that any suspect or arrested person, at the outset of an
interview, must be advised that he is not required to make a statement and that any
statement given can be used against him in court. Moreover, the individual must be
informed that, if he desires, he may obtain the services of an attorney of his own choice."
Hoover, Civil Liberties and Law Enforcement: The Role of the FBI, 37 Iowa L. Rev. 175, 177-
182 (1952).

[ Footnote 55 ] We agree that the interviewing agent must exercise his judgment in determining
whether the individual waives his right to counsel. Because of the constitutional basis of the
right, however, the standard for waiver is necessarily high. And, of course, the ultimate
responsibility for resolving this constitutional question lies with the courts.

[ Footnote 56 ] Among the crimes within the enforcement jurisdiction of the FBI are kidnapping,
18 U.S.C. 1201 (1964 ed.), white slavery, 18 U.S.C. 2421-2423 (1964 ed.), bank robbery, 18
U.S.C. 2113 (1964 ed.), interstate transportation and sale of stolen property, 18 U.S.C. 2311-
2317 (1964 ed.), all manner of conspiracies, 18 U.S.C. 371 (1964 ed.), and violations of civil
rights, 18 U.S.C. 241-242 (1964 ed.). See also 18 U.S.C. 1114 (1964 ed.) (murder of officer or
employee of the United States).

[ Footnote 57 ] 1964. Crim. L. Rev., at 166-170. These Rules provide in part:

"II. As soon as a police officer has evidence which would afford reasonable grounds for
suspecting that a person has committed an offence, he shall caution that person or cause
him to be cautioned before putting to him any questions, or further questions, relating to
that offence.
"The caution shall be in the following terms:
"`You are not obliged to say anything unless you wish to do so but what you say may be
put into writing and given in evidence.'
"When after being cautioned a person is being questioned, or elects to make a statement,
a record shall be kept of the time and place at which any such questioning or statement
began and ended and of the persons present.
"III. . . .
"(b) It is only in exceptional cases that questions relating to the offence should be put to
the accused person after he has been charged or informed that he may be prosecuted.
"IV. All written statements made after caution shall be taken in the following manner:
"(a) If a person says that he wants to make a statement he shall be told that it is intended
to make a written record of what he says.
"He shall always be asked whether he wishes to write down himself what he wants to
say; if he says that he cannot write or that he would like someone to write it for him, a
police officer may offer to write the statement for him. . . .
"(b) Any person writing his own statement shall be allowed to do so without any
prompting as distinct from indicating to him what matters are material.
"(d) Whenever a police officer writes the statement, he shall take down the exact words
spoken by the person making the statement, without putting any questions other than such
as may be needed to [384 U.S. 436, 488] make the statement coherent, intelligible and
relevant to the material matters: he shall not prompt him."
The prior Rules appear in Devlin, The Criminal Prosecution in England 137-141 (1958).

Despite suggestions of some laxity in enforcement of the Rules and despite the fact some
discretion as to admissibility is invested in the trial judge, the Rules are a significant influence in
the English criminal law enforcement system. See, e. g., 1964. Crim. L. Rev., at 182; and articles
collected in 1960. Crim. L. Rev., at 298-356.

[ Footnote 58 ] The introduction to the Judges' Rules states in part:

"These Rules do not affect the principles

"(c) That every person at any stage of an investigation should be able to communicate
and to consult privately with a solicitor. This is so even if he is in custody provided that
in such a case no unreasonable delay or hindrance is caused to the processes of
investigation or the administration of justice by his doing so . . . ." 1964. Crim. L. Rev., at

[ Footnote 59 ] As stated by the Lord Justice General in Chalmers v. H. M. Advocate, 1954. Sess.
Cas. 66, 78 (J. C.):

"The theory of our law is that at the stage of initial investigation the police may question
anyone with a view to acquiring information which may lead to the detection of the
criminal; but that, when the stage has been reached at which suspicion, or more than
suspicion, has in their view centred upon some person as the likely perpetrator of the
crime, further interrogation of that person becomes very dangerous, and, if carried too far,
e. g., to the point of extracting a confession by what amounts to cross-examination, the
evidence of that confession will almost certainly be excluded. Once the accused has been
apprehended and charged he has the statutory right to a private interview with a solicitor
and to be brought before a magistrate with all convenient speed so that he may, if so
advised, emit a declaration in presence of his solicitor under conditions which safeguard
him against prejudice."
[ Footnote 60 ] "No confession made to a police officer shall be proved as against a person
accused of any offence." Indian Evidence Act 25.

"No confession made by any person whilst he is in the custody of a police officer unless
it be made in the immediate presence of a Magistrate, shall be proved as against such
person." Indian Evidence Act 26. See 1 Ramaswami & Rajagopalan, Law of Evidence in
India 553-569 (1962). To avoid any continuing effect of police pressure or inducement,
the Indian Supreme Court has invalidated a confession made shortly after police brought
a suspect before a magistrate, suggesting: "[I]t would, we think, be reasonable to insist
upon giving an accused person at least 24 hours to decide whether or not he should make
a confession." Sarwan Singh v. State of Punjab, 44 All India Rep. 1957, Sup. Ct. 637,

[ Footnote 61 ] I Legislative Enactments of Ceylon 211 (1958).

[ Footnote 62 ] 10 U.S.C. 831 (b) (1964 ed.).

[ Footnote 63 ] United States v. Rose, 24 CMR 251 (1957); United States v. Gunnels, 23 CMR
354 (1957).

[ Footnote 64 ] Although no constitution existed at the time confessions were excluded by rule of
evidence in 1872, India now has a written constitution which includes the provision that "No
person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be a witness against himself." Constitution
of India, Article 20 (3). See Tope, The Constitution of India 63-67 (1960).

[ Footnote 65 ] Brief for United States in No. 761, Westover v. United States, pp. 44-47; Brief for
the State of New York as amicus curiae, pp. 35-39. See also Brief for the National District
Attorneys Association as amicus curiae, pp. 23-26.

[ Footnote 66 ] Miranda was also convicted in a separate trial on an unrelated robbery charge not
presented here for review. A statement introduced at that trial was obtained from Miranda during
the same interrogation which resulted in the confession involved here. At the robbery trial, one
officer testified that during the interrogation he did not tell Miranda that anything he said would
be held against him or that he could consult with an attorney. The other officer stated that they
had both told Miranda that anything he said would be used against him and that he was not
required by law to tell them anything.

[ Footnote 67 ] One of the officers testified that he read this paragraph to Miranda. Apparently,
however, he did not do so until after Miranda had confessed orally.

[ Footnote 68 ] Vignera thereafter successfully attacked the validity of one of the prior
convictions, Vignera v. Wilkins, Civ. 9901 (D.C. W. D. N. Y. Dec. 31, 1961) (unreported), but
was then resentenced as a second-felony offender to the same term of imprisonment as the
original sentence. R. 31-33.
[ Footnote 69 ] The failure of defense counsel to object to the introduction of the confession at
trial, noted by the Court of Appeals and emphasized by the Solicitor General, does not preclude
our consideration of the issue. Since the trial was held prior to our decision in Escobedo and, of
course, prior to our decision today making the [384 U.S. 436, 496] objection available, the failure
to object at trial does not constitute a waiver of the claim. See, e. g., United States ex rel. Angelet
v. Fay, 333 F.2d 12, 16 (C. A. 2d Cir. 1964), aff'd, 381 U.S. 654 (1965). Cf. Ziffrin, Inc. v. United
States, 318 U.S. 73, 78 (1943).

[ Footnote 70 ] Because of this disposition of the case, the California Supreme Court did not
reach the claims that the confession was coerced by police threats to hold his ailing wife in
custody until he confessed, that there was no hearing as required by Jackson v. Denno, 378 U.S.
368 (1964), and that the trial judge gave an instruction condemned by the California Supreme
Court's decision in People v. Morse, 60 Cal. 2d 631, 388 P.2d 33, 36 Cal. Rptr. 201 (1964).

[ Footnote 71 ] After certiorari was granted in this case, respondent moved to dismiss on the
ground that there was no final judgment from which the State could appeal since the judgment
below directed that he be retried. In the event respondent was successful in obtaining an acquittal
on retrial, however, under California law the State would have no appeal. Satisfied that in these
circumstances the decision below constituted a final judgment under 28 U.S.C. 1257 (3) (1964
ed.), we denied the motion. 383 U.S. 903 .

MR. JUSTICE CLARK, dissenting in Nos. 759, 760, and 761, and concurring in the result in No.

It is with regret that I find it necessary to write in these cases. However, I am unable to join the
majority because its opinion goes too far on too little, while my dissenting brethren do not go
quite far enough. Nor can I join in the Court's criticism of the present practices of police and
investigatory agencies as to custodial interrogation. The materials it refers to as "police manuals"
1 are, as I read them, merely writings in this field by professors and some police officers. Not
one is shown by the record here to be the official manual of any police department, much less in
universal use in crime detection. Moreover, the examples of police brutality mentioned by the
Court 2 are rare exceptions to the thousands of cases [384 U.S. 436, 500] that appear every year in
the law reports. The police agencies - all the way from municipal and state forces to the federal
bureaus - are responsible for law enforcement and public safety in this country. I am proud of
their efforts, which in my view are not fairly characterized by the Court's opinion.


The ipse dixit of the majority has no support in our cases. Indeed, the Court admits that "we
might not find the defendants' statements [here] to have been involuntary in traditional terms."
Ante, p. 457. In short, the Court has added more to the requirements that the accused is entitled
to consult with his lawyer and that he must be given the traditional warning that he may remain
silent and that anything that he says may be used against him. Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478,
490 -491 (1964). Now, the Court fashions a constitutional rule that the police may engage in no
custodial interrogation without additionally advising the accused that he has a right under the
Fifth Amendment to the presence of counsel during interrogation and that, if he is without funds,
counsel will be furnished him. When at any point during an interrogation the accused seeks
affirmatively or impliedly to invoke his rights to silence or counsel, interrogation must be
forgone or postponed. The Court further holds that failure to follow the new procedures requires
inexorably the exclusion of any statement by the accused, as well as the fruits thereof. Such a
strict constitutional specific inserted at the nerve center of crime detection may well kill the
patient. 3 [384 U.S. 436, 501] Since there is at this time a paucity of information and an almost
total lack of empirical knowledge on the practical operation of requirements truly comparable to
those announced by the majority, I would be more restrained lest we go too far too fast.


Custodial interrogation has long been recognized as "undoubtedly an essential tool in effective
law enforcement." Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503, 515 (1963). Recognition of this fact
should put us on guard against the promulgation of doctrinaire rules. Especially is this true where
the Court finds that "the Constitution has prescribed" its holding and where the light of our past
cases, from Hopt v. Utah, 110 U.S. 574 , (1884), down to Haynes v. Washington, supra, is to [384
U.S. 436, 502] the contrary. Indeed, even in Escobedo the Court never hinted that an affirmative
"waiver" was a prerequisite to questioning; that the burden of proof as to waiver was on the
prosecution; that the presence of counsel - absent a waiver - during interrogation was required;
that a waiver can be withdrawn at the will of the accused; that counsel must be furnished during
an accusatory stage to those unable to pay; nor that admissions and exculpatory statements are
"confessions." To require all those things at one gulp should cause the Court to choke over more
cases than Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433 (1958), and Cicenia v. Lagay, 357 U.S. 504
(1958), which it expressly overrules today.

The rule prior to today - as Mr. Justice Goldberg, the author of the Court's opinion in Escobedo,
stated it in Haynes v. Washington - depended upon "a totality of circumstances evidencing an
involuntary . . . admission of guilt." 373 U.S., at 514 . And he concluded:

"Of course, detection and solution of crime is, at best, a difficult and arduous task
requiring determination and persistence on the part of all responsible officers charged
with the duty of law enforcement. And, certainly, we do not mean to suggest that all
interrogation of witnesses and suspects is impermissible. Such questioning is
undoubtedly an essential tool in effective law enforcement. The line between proper and
permissible police conduct and techniques and methods offensive to due process is, at
best, a difficult one to draw, particularly in cases such as this where it is necessary to
make fine judgments as to the effect of psychologically coercive pressures and
inducements on the mind and will of an accused. . . . We are here impelled to the
conclusion, from all of the facts presented, that the bounds of due process have been
exceeded." Id., at 514-515. [384 U.S. 436, 503]


I would continue to follow that rule. Under the "totality of circumstances" rule of which my
Brother Goldberg spoke in Haynes, I would consider in each case whether the police officer prior
to custodial interrogation added the warning that the suspect might have counsel present at the
interrogation and, further, that a court would appoint one at his request if he was too poor to
employ counsel. In the absence of warnings, the burden would be on the State to prove that
counsel was knowingly and intelligently waived or that in the totality of the circumstances,
including the failure to give the necessary warnings, the confession was clearly voluntary.

Rather than employing the arbitrary Fifth Amendment rule 4 which the Court lays down I would
follow the more pliable dictates of the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth
Amendments which we are accustomed to administering and which we know from our cases are
effective instruments in protecting persons in police custody. In this way we would not be acting
in the dark nor in one full sweep changing the traditional rules of custodial interrogation which
this Court has for so long recognized as a justifiable and proper tool in balancing individual
rights against the rights of society. It will be soon enough to go further when we are able to
appraise with somewhat better accuracy the effect of such a holding.

I would affirm the convictions in Miranda v. Arizona, No. 759; Vignera v. New York, No. 760;
and Westover v. United States, No. 761. In each of those cases I find from the circumstances no
warrant for reversal. In [384 U.S. 436, 504] California v. Stewart, No. 584, I would dismiss the writ
of certiorari for want of a final judgment, 28 U.S.C. 1257 (3) (1964 ed.); but if the merits are to
be reached I would affirm on the ground that the State failed to fulfill its burden, in the absence
of a showing that appropriate warnings were given, of proving a waiver or a totality of
circumstances showing voluntariness. Should there be a retrial, I would leave the State free to
attempt to prove these elements.

[ Footnote 1 ] E. g., Inbau & Reid, Criminal Interrogation and Confessions (1962); O'Hara,
Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (1956); Dienstein, Technics for the Crime Investigator
(1952); Mulbar, Interrogation (1951); Kidd, Police Interrogation (1940).

[ Footnote 2 ] As developed by my Brother HARLAN, post, pp. 506-514, such cases, with the
exception of the long-discredited decision in Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532 (1897), were
adequately treated in terms of due process.

[ Footnote 3 ] The Court points to England, Scotland, Ceylon and India as having equally rigid
rules. As my Brother HARLAN points out, post, pp. 521-523, the Court is mistaken in this
regard, for it overlooks counterbalancing prosecutorial advantages. Moreover, the requirements
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation do not appear from the Solicitor General's letter, ante, pp.
484-486, to be as strict as [384 U.S. 436, 501] those imposed today in at least two respects: (1) The
offer of counsel is articulated only as "a right to counsel"; nothing is said about a right to have
counsel present at the custodial interrogation. (See also the examples cited by the Solicitor
General, Westover v. United States, 342 F.2d 684, 685 (1965) ("right to consult counsel");
Jackson v. United States, 337 F.2d 136, 138 (1964) (accused "entitled to an attorney").) Indeed,
the practice is that whenever the suspect "decides that he wishes to consult with counsel before
making a statement, the interview is terminated at that point . . . . When counsel appears in
person, he is permitted to confer with his client in private." This clearly indicates that the FBI
does not warn that counsel may be present during custodial interrogation. (2) The Solicitor
General's letter states: "[T]hose who have been arrested for an offense under FBI jurisdiction, or
whose arrest is contemplated following the interview, [are advised] of a right to free counsel if
they are unable to pay, and the availability of such counsel from the Judge." So phrased, this
warning does not indicate that the agent will secure counsel. Rather, the statement may well be
interpreted by the suspect to mean that the burden is placed upon himself and that he may have
counsel appointed only when brought before the judge or at trial - but not at custodial
interrogation. As I view the FBI practice, it is not as broad as the one laid down today by the

[ Footnote 4 ] In my view there is "no significant support" in our cases for the holding of the
Court today that the Fifth Amendment privilege, in effect, forbids custodial interrogation. For a
discussion of this point see the dissenting opinion of my Brother WHITE, post, pp. 526-531.


I believe the decision of the Court represents poor constitutional law and entails harmful
consequences for the country at large. How serious these consequences may prove to be only
time can tell. But the basic flaws in the Court's justification seem to me readily apparent now
once all sides of the problem are considered.

At the outset, it is well to note exactly what is required by the Court's new constitutional code of
rules for confessions. The foremost requirement, upon which later admissibility of a confession
depends, is that a fourfold warning be given to a person in custody before he is questioned,
namely, that he has a right to remain silent, that anything he says may be used against him, that
he has a right to have present an attorney during the questioning, and that if indigent he has a
right to a lawyer without charge. To forgo these rights, some affirmative statement of rejection is
seemingly required, and threats, tricks, or cajolings to obtain this waiver are forbidden. If before
or during questioning the suspect seeks to invoke his right to remain silent, interrogation must be
forgone or cease; a request for counsel [384 U.S. 436, 505] brings about the same result until a
lawyer is procured. Finally, there are a miscellany of minor directives, for example, the burden of
proof of waiver is on the State, admissions and exculpatory statements are treated just like
confessions, withdrawal of a waiver is always permitted, and so forth. 1

While the fine points of this scheme are far less clear than the Court admits, the tenor is quite
apparent. The new rules are not designed to guard against police brutality or other unmistakably
banned forms of coercion. Those who use third-degree tactics and deny them in court are equally
able and destined to lie as skillfully about warnings and waivers. Rather, the thrust of the new
rules is to negate all pressures, to reinforce the nervous or ignorant suspect, and ultimately to
discourage any confession at all. The aim in short is toward "voluntariness" in a utopian sense, or
to view it from a different angle, voluntariness with a vengeance.

To incorporate this notion into the Constitution requires a strained reading of history and
precedent and a disregard of the very pragmatic concerns that alone may on occasion justify such
strains. I believe that reasoned examination will show that the Due Process Clauses provide an
adequate tool for coping with confessions and that, even if the Fifth Amendment privilege
against self-incrimination be invoked, its precedents taken as a whole do not sustain the present
rules. Viewed as a choice based on pure policy, these new rules prove to be a highly debatable, if
not one-sided, appraisal of the competing interests, imposed over widespread objection, at the
very time when judicial restraint is most called for by the circumstances. [384 U.S. 436, 506]


It is most fitting to begin an inquiry into the constitutional precedents by surveying the limits on
confessions the Court has evolved under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
This is so because these cases show that there exists a workable and effective means of dealing
with confessions in a judicial manner; because the cases are the baseline from which the Court
now departs and so serve to measure the actual as opposed to the professed distance it travels;
and because examination of them helps reveal how the Court has coasted into its present

The earliest confession cases in this Court emerged from federal prosecutions and were settled
on a nonconstitutional basis, the Court adopting the common-law rule that the absence of
inducements, promises, and threats made a confession voluntary and admissible. Hopt v. Utah,
110 U.S. 574 ; Pierce v. United States, 160 U.S. 355 . While a later case said the Fifth
Amendment privilege controlled admissibility, this proposition was not itself developed in
subsequent decisions. 2 The Court did, however, heighten the test of admissibility in federal
trials to one of voluntariness "in fact," Wan v. [384 U.S. 436, 507] United States, 266 U.S. 1, 14
(quoted, ante, p. 462), and then by and large left federal judges to apply the same standards the
Court began to derive in a string of state court cases.

This new line of decisions, testing admissibility by the Due Process Clause, began in 1936 with
Brown v. Mississippi, 297 U.S. 278 , and must now embrace somewhat more than 30 full
opinions of the Court. 3 While the voluntariness rubric was repeated in many instances, e. g.,
Lyons v. Oklahoma, 322 U.S. 596 , the Court never pinned it down to a single meaning but on
the contrary infused it with a number of different values. To travel quickly over the main themes,
there was an initial emphasis on reliability, e. g., Ward v. Texas, 316 U.S. 547 , supplemented by
concern over the legality and fairness of the police practices, e. g., Ashcraft v. Tennessee, 322
U.S. 143 , in an "accusatorial" system of law enforcement, Watts v. Indiana, 338 U.S. 49, 54 ,
and eventually by close attention to the individual's state of mind and capacity for effective
choice, e. g., Gallegos v. Colorado, 370 U.S. 49 . The outcome was a continuing re-evaluation on
the facts of each case of how much pressure on the suspect was permissible. 4 [384 U.S. 436, 508]

Among the criteria often taken into account were threats or imminent danger, e. g., Payne v.
Arkansas, 356 U.S. 560 , physical deprivations such as lack of sleep or food, e. g., Reck v. Pate,
367 U.S. 433 , repeated or extended interrogation, e. g., Chambers v. Florida, 309 U.S. 227 ,
limits on access to counsel or friends, Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433 ; Cicenia v. Lagay,
357 U.S. 504 , length and illegality of detention under state law, e. g., Haynes v. Washington, 373
U.S. 503 , and individual weakness or incapacities, Lynumn v. Illinois, 372 U.S. 528 . Apart from
direct physical coercion, however, no single default or fixed combination of defaults guaranteed
exclusion, and synopses of the cases would serve little use because the overall gauge has been
steadily changing, usually in the direction of restricting admissibility. But to mark just what point
had been reached before the Court jumped the rails in Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478 , it is
worth capsulizing the then-recent case of Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503 . There, Haynes
had been held some 16 or more hours in violation of state law before signing the disputed
confession, had received no warnings of any kind, and despite requests had been refused access
to his wife or to counsel, the police indicating that access would be allowed after a confession.
Emphasizing especially this last inducement and rejecting some contrary indicia of voluntariness,
the Court in a 5-to-4 decision held the confession inadmissible.

There are several relevant lessons to be drawn from this constitutional history. The first is that
with over 25 years of precedent the Court has developed an elaborate, sophisticated, and
sensitive approach to admissibility of confessions. It is "judicial" in its treatment of one case at a
time, see Culombe v. Connecticut, 367 U.S. 568, 635 (concurring opinion of THE CHIEF
JUSTICE), flexible in its ability to respond to the endless mutations of fact presented, and ever
more familiar to the lower courts. [384 U.S. 436, 509] Of course, strict certainty is not obtained in
this developing process, but this is often so with constitutional principles, and disagreement is
usually confined to that borderland of close cases where it matters least.

The second point is that in practice and from time to time in principle, the Court has given ample
recognition to society's interest in suspect questioning as an instrument of law enforcement.
Cases countenancing quite significant pressures can be cited without difficulty, 5 and the lower
courts may often have been yet more tolerant. Of course the limitations imposed today were
rejected by necessary implication in case after case, the right to warnings having been explicitly
rebuffed in this Court many years ago. Powers v. United States, 223 U.S. 303 ; Wilson v. United
States, 162 U.S. 613 . As recently as Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503, 515 , the Court openly
acknowledged that questioning of witnesses and suspects "is undoubtedly an essential tool in
effective law enforcement." Accord, Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433, 441 .

Finally, the cases disclose that the language in many of the opinions overstates the actual course
of decision. It has been said, for example, that an admissible confession must be made by the
suspect "in the unfettered exercise of his own will," Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1, 8 , and that "a
prisoner is not `to be made the deluded instrument of his own conviction,'" Culombe v.
Connecticut, 367 U.S. 568, 581 (Frankfurter, J., announcing the Court's judgment and an
opinion). Though often repeated, such principles are rarely observed in full measure. Even the
word "voluntary" may be deemed somewhat [384 U.S. 436, 510] misleading, especially when one
considers many of the confessions that have been brought under its umbrella. See, e. g., supra, n.
5. The tendency to overstate may be laid in part to the flagrant facts often before the Court; but in
any event one must recognize how it has tempered attitudes and lent some color of authority to
the approach now taken by the Court.

I turn now to the Court's asserted reliance on the Fifth Amendment, an approach which I frankly
regard as a trompe l'oeil. The Court's opinion in my view reveals no adequate basis for extending
the Fifth Amendment's privilege against self-incrimination to the police station. Far more
important, it fails to show that the Court's new rules are well supported, let alone compelled, by
Fifth Amendment precedents. Instead, the new rules actually derive from quotation and analogy
drawn from precedents under the Sixth Amendment, which should properly have no bearing on
police interrogation.
The Court's opening contention, that the Fifth Amendment governs police station confessions, is
perhaps not an impermissible extension of the law but it has little to commend itself in the
present circumstances. Historically, the privilege against self-incrimination did not bear at all on
the use of extra-legal confessions, for which distinct standards evolved; indeed, "the history of
the two principles is wide apart, differing by one hundred years in origin, and derived through
separate lines of precedents . . . ." 8 Wigmore, Evidence 2266, at 401 (McNaughton rev. 1961).
Practice under the two doctrines has also differed in a number of important respects. 6 [384 U.S.
436, 511] Even those who would readily enlarge the privilege must concede some linguistic
difficulties since the Fifth Amendment in terms proscribes only compelling any person "in any
criminal case to be a witness against himself." Cf. Kamisar, Equal Justice in the Gatehouses and
Mansions of American Criminal Procedure, in Criminal Justice in Our Time 1, 25-26 (1965).

Though weighty, I do not say these points and similar ones are conclusive, for, as the Court
reiterates, the privilege embodies basic principles always capable of expansion. 7 Certainly the
privilege does represent a protective concern for the accused and an emphasis upon accusatorial
rather than inquisitorial values in law enforcement, although this is similarly true of other
limitations such as the grand jury requirement and the reasonable doubt standard. Accusatorial
values, however, have openly been absorbed into the due process standard governing
confessions; this indeed is why at present "the kinship of the two rules [governing confessions
and self-incrimination] is too apparent for denial." McCormick, Evidence 155 (1954). Since
extension of the general principle has already occurred, to insist that the privilege applies as such
serves only to carry over inapposite historical details and engaging rhetoric and to obscure the
policy choices to be made in regulating confessions.

Having decided that the Fifth Amendment privilege does apply in the police station, the Court
reveals that the privilege imposes more exacting restrictions than does the Fourteenth
Amendment's voluntariness test. 8 [384 U.S. 436, 512] It then emerges from a discussion of
Escobedo that the Fifth Amendment requires for an admissible confession that it be given by one
distinctly aware of his right not to speak and shielded from "the compelling atmosphere" of
interrogation. See ante, pp. 465-466. From these key premises, the Court finally develops the
safeguards of warning, counsel, and so forth. I do not believe these premises are sustained by
precedents under the Fifth Amendment. 9

The more important premise is that pressure on the suspect must be eliminated though it be only
the subtle influence of the atmosphere and surroundings. The Fifth Amendment, however, has
never been thought to forbid all pressure to incriminate one's self in the situations covered by it.
On the contrary, it has been held that failure to incriminate one's self can result in denial of
removal of one's case from state to federal court, Maryland v. Soper, 270 U.S. 9 ; in refusal of a
military commission, Orloff v. Willoughby, 345 U.S. 83 ; in denial of a discharge in bankruptcy,
Kaufman v. Hurwitz, 176 F.2d 210; and in numerous other adverse consequences. See 8
Wigmore, Evidence 2272, at 441-444, n. 18 (McNaughton rev. 1961); Maguire, Evidence of
Guilt 2.062 (1959). This is not to say that short of jail or torture any sanction is permissible in
any case; policy and history alike may impose sharp limits. See, e. g., [384 U.S. 436, 513] Griffin v.
California, 380 U.S. 609 . However, the Court's unspoken assumption that any pressure violates
the privilege is not supported by the precedents and it has failed to show why the Fifth
Amendment prohibits that relatively mild pressure the Due Process Clause permits.
The Court appears similarly wrong in thinking that precise knowledge of one's rights is a settled
prerequisite under the Fifth Amendment to the loss of its protections. A number of lower federal
court cases have held that grand jury witnesses need not always be warned of their privilege, e.
g., United States v. Scully, 225 F.2d 113, 116, and Wigmore states this to be the better rule for
trial witnesses. See 8 Wigmore, Evidence 2269 (McNaughton rev. 1961). Cf. Henry v.
Mississippi, 379 U.S. 443, 451 -452 (waiver of constitutional rights by counsel despite
defendant's ignorance held allowable). No Fifth Amendment precedent is cited for the Court's
contrary view. There might of course be reasons apart from Fifth Amendment precedent for
requiring warning or any other safeguard on questioning but that is a different matter entirely.
See infra, pp. 516-517.

A closing word must be said about the Assistance of Counsel Clause of the Sixth Amendment,
which is never expressly relied on by the Court but whose judicial precedents turn out to be
linchpins of the confession rules announced today. To support its requirement of a knowing and
intelligent waiver, the Court cites Johnson v. Zerbst, 304 U.S. 458 , ante, p. 475; appointment of
counsel for the indigent suspect is tied to Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 , and Douglas v.
California, 372 U.S. 353 , ante, p. 473; the silent-record doctrine is borrowed from Carnley v.
Cochran, 369 U.S. 506 , ante, p. 475, as is the right to an express offer of counsel, ante, p. 471.
All these cases imparting glosses to the Sixth Amendment concerned counsel at trial or on
appeal. While the Court finds no pertinent difference between judicial proceedings and police
interrogation, I believe [384 U.S. 436, 514] the differences are so vast as to disqualify wholly the
Sixth Amendment precedents as suitable analogies in the present cases. 10

The only attempt in this Court to carry the right to counsel into the station house occurred in
Escobedo, the Court repeating several times that that stage was no less "critical" than trial itself.
See 378 U.S., 485-488. This is hardly persuasive when we consider that a grand jury inquiry, the
filing of a certiorari petition, and certainly the purchase of narcotics by an undercover agent from
a prospective defendant may all be equally "critical" yet provision of counsel and advice on that
score have never been thought compelled by the Constitution in such cases. The sound reason
why this right is so freely extended for a criminal trial is the severe injustice risked by
confronting an untrained defendant with a range of technical points of law, evidence, and tactics
familiar to the prosecutor but not to himself. This danger shrinks markedly in the police station
where indeed the lawyer in fulfilling his professional responsibilities of necessity may become
an obstacle to truthfinding. See infra, n. 12. The Court's summary citation of the Sixth
Amendment cases here seems to me best described as "the domino method of constitutional
adjudication . . . wherein every explanatory statement in a previous opinion is made the basis for
extension to a wholly different situation." Friendly, supra, n. 10, at 950.


Examined as an expression of public policy, the Court's new regime proves so dubious that there
can be no due [384 U.S. 436, 515] compensation for its weakness in constitutional law. The
foregoing discussion has shown, I think, how mistaken is the Court in implying that the
Constitution has struck the balance in favor of the approach the Court takes. Ante, p. 479. Rather,
precedent reveals that the Fourteenth Amendment in practice has been construed to strike a
different balance, that the Fifth Amendment gives the Court little solid support in this context,
and that the Sixth Amendment should have no bearing at all. Legal history has been stretched
before to satisfy deep needs of society. In this instance, however, the Court has not and cannot
make the powerful showing that its new rules are plainly desirable in the context of our society,
something which is surely demanded before those rules are engrafted onto the Constitution and
imposed on every State and county in the land.

Without at all subscribing to the generally black picture of police conduct painted by the Court, I
think it must be frankly recognized at the outset that police questioning allowable under due
process precedents may inherently entail some pressure on the suspect and may seek advantage
in his ignorance or weaknesses. The atmosphere and questioning techniques, proper and fair
though they be, can in themselves exert a tug on the suspect to confess, and in this light "[t]o
speak of any confessions of crime made after arrest as being `voluntary' or `uncoerced' is
somewhat inaccurate, although traditional. A confession is wholly and incontestably voluntary
only if a guilty person gives himself up to the law and becomes his own accuser." Ashcraft v.
Tennessee, 322 U.S. 143, 161 (Jackson, J., dissenting). Until today, the role of the Constitution
has been only to sift out undue pressure, not to assure spontaneous confessions. 11 [384 U.S. 436,

The Court's new rules aim to offset these minor pressures and disadvantages intrinsic to any kind
of police interrogation. The rules do not serve due process interests in preventing blatant
coercion since, as I noted earlier, they do nothing to contain the policeman who is prepared to lie
from the start. The rules work for reliability in confessions almost only in the Pickwickian sense
that they can prevent some from being given at all. 12 In short, the benefit of this new regime is
simply to lessen or wipe out the inherent compulsion and inequalities to which the Court devotes
some nine pages of description. Ante, pp. 448-456.

What the Court largely ignores is that its rules impair, if they will not eventually serve wholly to
frustrate, an instrument of law enforcement that has long and quite reasonably been thought
worth the price paid for it. 13 There can be little doubt that the Court's new code would markedly
decrease the number of confessions. To warn the suspect that he may remain silent and remind
him that his confession may be used in court are minor obstructions. To require also an express
waiver by the suspect and an end to questioning whenever he demurs [384 U.S. 436, 517] must
heavily handicap questioning. And to suggest or provide counsel for the suspect simply invites
the end of the interrogation. See, supra, n. 12.

How much harm this decision will inflict on law enforcement cannot fairly be predicted with
accuracy. Evidence on the role of confessions is notoriously incomplete, see Developments,
supra, n. 2, at 941-944, and little is added by the Court's reference to the FBI experience and the
resources believed wasted in interrogation. See infra, n. 19, and text. We do know that some
crimes cannot be solved without confessions, that ample expert testimony attests to their
importance in crime control, 14 and that the Court is taking a real risk with society's welfare in
imposing its new regime on the country. The social costs of crime are too great to call the new
rules anything but a hazardous experimentation.

While passing over the costs and risks of its experiment, the Court portrays the evils of normal
police questioning in terms which I think are exaggerated. Albeit stringently confined by the due
process standards interrogation is no doubt often inconvenient and unpleasant for the suspect.
However, it is no less so for a man to be arrested and jailed, to have his house searched, or to
stand trial in court, yet all this may properly happen to the most innocent given probable cause, a
warrant, or an indictment. Society has always paid a stiff price for law and order, and peaceful
interrogation is not one of the dark moments of the law.

This brief statement of the competing considerations seems to me ample proof that the Court's
preference is highly debatable at best and therefore not to be read into [384 U.S. 436, 518] the
Constitution. However, it may make the analysis more graphic to consider the actual facts of one
of the four cases reversed by the Court. Miranda v. Arizona serves best, being neither the hardest
nor easiest of the four under the Court's standards. 15

On March 3, 1963, an 18-year-old girl was kidnapped and forcibly raped near Phoenix, Arizona.
Ten days later, on the morning of March 13, petitioner Miranda was arrested and taken to the
police station. At this time Miranda was 23 years old, indigent, and educated to the extent of
completing half the ninth grade. He had "an emotional illness" of the schizophrenic type,
according to the doctor who eventually examined him; the doctor's report also stated that
Miranda was "alert and oriented as to time, place, and person," intelligent within normal limits,
competent to stand trial, and sane within the legal definition. At the police station, the victim
picked Miranda out of a lineup, and two officers then took him into a separate room to
interrogate him, starting about 11:30 a. m. Though at first denying his guilt, within a short time
Miranda gave a detailed oral confession and then wrote out in his own hand and signed a brief
statement admitting and describing the crime. All this was accomplished in two hours or less
without any force, threats or promises and - I will assume this though the record is uncertain,
ante, 491-492 and nn. 66-67 - without any effective warnings at all.

Miranda's oral and written confessions are now held inadmissible under the Court's new rules.
One is entitled to feel astonished that the Constitution can be read to produce this result. These
confessions were obtained [384 U.S. 436, 519] during brief, daytime questioning conducted by two
officers and unmarked by any of the traditional indicia of coercion. They assured a conviction for
a brutal and unsettling crime, for which the police had and quite possibly could obtain little
evidence other than the victim's identifications, evidence which is frequently unreliable. There
was, in sum, a legitimate purpose, no perceptible unfairness, and certainly little risk of injustice
in the interrogation. Yet the resulting confessions, and the responsible course of police practice
they represent, are to be sacrificed to the Court's own finespun conception of fairness which I
seriously doubt is shared by many thinking citizens in this country. 16

The tenor of judicial opinion also falls well short of supporting the Court's new approach.
Although Escobedo has widely been interpreted as an open invitation to lower courts to rewrite
the law of confessions, a significant heavy majority of the state and federal decisions in point
have sought quite narrow interpretations. 17 Of [384 U.S. 436, 520] the courts that have accepted
the invitation, it is hard to know how many have felt compelled by their best guess as to this
Court's likely construction; but none of the state decisions saw fit to rely on the state privilege
against self-incrimination, and no decision at all has gone as far as this Court goes today. 18

It is also instructive to compare the attitude in this case of those responsible for law enforcement
with the official views that existed when the Court undertook three major revisions of
prosecutorial practice prior to this case, Johnson v. Zerbst, 304 U.S. 458 , Mapp v. Ohio, 367
U.S. 643 , and Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 . In Johnson, which established that
appointed counsel must be offered the indigent in federal criminal trials, the Federal Government
all but conceded the basic issue, which had in fact been recently fixed as Department of Justice
policy. See Beaney, Right to Counsel 29-30, 36-42 (1955). In Mapp, which imposed the
exclusionary rule on the States for Fourth Amendment violations, more than half of the States
had themselves already adopted some such rule. See 367 U.S., at 651 . In Gideon, which
extended Johnson v. Zerbst to the States, an amicus brief was filed by 22 States and
Commonwealths urging that course; only two States besides that of the respondent came forward
to protest. See 372 U.S., at 345 . By contrast, in this case new restrictions on police [384 U.S. 436,
521] questioning have been opposed by the United States and in an amicus brief signed by 27
States and Commonwealths, not including the three other States which are parties. No State in
the country has urged this Court to impose the newly announced rules, nor has any State chosen
to go nearly so far on its own.

The Court in closing its general discussion invokes the practice in federal and foreign
jurisdictions as lending weight to its new curbs on confessions for all the States. A brief resume
will suffice to show that none of these jurisdictions has struck so one-sided a balance as the
Court does today. Heaviest reliance is placed on the FBI practice. Differing circumstances may
make this comparison quite untrustworthy, 19 but in any event the FBI falls sensibly short of the
Court's formalistic rules. For example, there is no indication that FBI agents must obtain an
affirmative "waiver" before they pursue their questioning. Nor is it clear that one invoking his
right to silence may not be prevailed upon to change his mind. And the warning as to appointed
counsel apparently indicates only that one will be assigned by the judge when the suspect
appears before him; the thrust of the Court's rules is to induce the suspect to obtain appointed
counsel before continuing the interview. See ante, pp. 484-486. Apparently American military
practice, briefly mentioned by the Court, has these same limits and is still less favorable to the
suspect than the FBI warning, making no mention of appointed counsel. Developments, supra, n.
2, at 1084-1089.

The law of the foreign countries described by the Court also reflects a more moderate conception
of the rights of [384 U.S. 436, 522] the accused as against those of society when other data are
considered. Concededly, the English experience is most relevant. In that country, a caution as to
silence but not counsel has long been mandated by the "Judges' Rules," which also place other
somewhat imprecise limits on police cross-examination of suspects. However, in the court's
discretion confessions can be and apparently quite frequently are admitted in evidence despite
disregard of the Judges' Rules, so long as they are found voluntary under the common-law test.
Moreover, the check that exists on the use of pretrial statements is counterbalanced by the
evident admissibility of fruits of an illegal confession and by the judge's often-used authority to
comment adversely on the defendant's failure to testify. 20

India, Ceylon and Scotland are the other examples chosen by the Court. In India and Ceylon the
general ban on police-adduced confessions cited by the Court is subject to a major exception: if
evidence is uncovered by police questioning, it is fully admissible at trial along with the
confession itself, so far as it relates to the evidence and is not blatantly coerced. See
Developments, supra, n. 2, at 1106-1110; Reg. v. Ramasamy 1965. A. C. 1 (P. C.). Scotland's
limits on interrogation do measure up to the Court's; however, restrained comment at trial on the
defendant's failure to take the stand is allowed the judge, and in many other respects Scotch law
redresses the prosecutor's disadvantage in ways not permitted in this country. 21 The Court ends
its survey by imputing [384 U.S. 436, 523] added strength to our privilege against self-
incrimination since, by contrast to other countries, it is embodied in a written Constitution.
Considering the liberties the Court has today taken with constitutional history and precedent, few
will find this emphasis persuasive.

In closing this necessarily truncated discussion of policy considerations attending the new
confession rules, some reference must be made to their ironic untimeliness. There is now in
progress in this country a massive re-examination of criminal law enforcement procedures on a
scale never before witnessed. Participants in this undertaking include a Special Committee of the
American Bar Association, under the chairmanship of Chief Judge Lumbard of the Court of
Appeals for the Second Circuit; a distinguished study group of the American Law Institute,
headed by Professors Vorenberg and Bator of the Harvard Law School; and the President's
Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, under the leadership of the
Attorney General of the United States. 22 Studies are also being conducted by the District of
Columbia Crime Commission, the Georgetown Law Center, and by others equipped to do
practical research. 23 There are also signs that legislatures in some of the States may be
preparing to re-examine the problem before us. 24 [384 U.S. 436, 524]

It is no secret that concern has been expressed lest long-range and lasting reforms be frustrated
by this Court's too rapid departure from existing constitutional standards. Despite the Court's
disclaimer, the practical effect of the decision made today must inevitably be to handicap
seriously sound efforts at reform, not least by removing options necessary to a just compromise
of competing interests. Of course legislative reform is rarely speedy or unanimous, though this
Court has been more patient in the past. 25 But the legislative reforms when they come would
have the vast advantage of empirical data and comprehensive study, they would allow
experimentation and use of solutions not open to the courts, and they would restore the initiative
in criminal law reform to those forums where it truly belongs.

All four of the cases involved here present express claims that confessions were inadmissible,
not because of coercion in the traditional due process sense, but solely because of lack of counsel
or lack of warnings concerning counsel and silence. For the reasons stated in this opinion, I
would adhere to the due process test and reject the new requirements inaugurated by the Court.
On this premise my disposition of each of these cases can be stated briefly.

In two of the three cases coming from state courts, Miranda v. Arizona (No. 759) and Vignera v.
New York (No. 760), the confessions were held admissible and no other errors worth comment
are alleged by petitioners. [384 U.S. 436, 525] I would affirm in these two cases. The other state
case is California v. Stewart (No. 584), where the state supreme court held the confession
inadmissible and reversed the conviction. In that case I would dismiss the writ of certiorari on
the ground that no final judgment is before us, 28 U.S.C. 1257 (1964 ed.); putting aside the new
trial open to the State in any event, the confession itself has not even been finally excluded since
the California Supreme Court left the State free to show proof of a waiver. If the merits of the
decision in Stewart be reached, then I believe it should be reversed and the case remanded so the
state supreme court may pass on the other claims available to respondent.

In the federal case, Westover v. United States (No. 761), a number of issues are raised by
petitioner apart from the one already dealt with in this dissent. None of these other claims
appears to me tenable, nor in this context to warrant extended discussion. It is urged that the
confession was also inadmissible because not voluntary even measured by due process standards
and because federal-state cooperation brought the McNabb-Mallory rule into play under
Anderson v. United States, 318 U.S. 350 . However, the facts alleged fall well short of coercion
in my view, and I believe the involvement of federal agents in petitioner's arrest and detention by
the State too slight to invoke Anderson. I agree with the Government that the admission of the
evidence now protested by petitioner was at most harmless error, and two final contentions - one
involving weight of the evidence and another improper prosecutor comment - seem to me
without merit. I would therefore affirm Westover's conviction.

In conclusion: Nothing in the letter or the spirit of the Constitution or in the precedents squares
with the heavy-handed and one-sided action that is so precipitously [384 U.S. 436, 526] taken by
the Court in the name of fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities. The foray which the Court
makes today brings to mind the wise and farsighted words of Mr. Justice Jackson in Douglas v.
Jeannette, 319 U.S. 157, 181 (separate opinion): "This Court is forever adding new stories to the
temples of constitutional law, and the temples have a way of collapsing when one story too many
is added."

[ Footnote 1 ] My discussion in this opinion is directed to the main questions decided by the
Court and necessary to its decision; in ignoring some of the collateral points, I do not mean to
imply agreement.

[ Footnote 2 ] The case was Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532 (quoted, ante, p. 461). Its
historical premises were afterwards disproved by Wigmore, who concluded "that no assertions
could be more unfounded." 3 Wigmore, Evidence 823, at 250, n. 5 (3d ed. 1940). The Court in
United States v. Carignan, 342 U.S. 36, 41 , declined to choose between Bram and Wigmore, and
Stein v. New York, 346 U.S. 156, 191 , n. 35, cast further doubt on Bram. There are, however,
several Court opinions which assume in dicta the relevance of the Fifth Amendment privilege to
confessions. Burdeau v. McDowell, 256 U.S. 465, 475 ; see Shotwell Mfg. Co. v. United States,
371 U.S. 341, 347 . On Bram and the federal confession cases generally, see Developments in
the Law - Confessions, 79 Harv. L. Rev. 935, 959-961 (1966).

[ Footnote 3 ] Comment, 31 U. Chi. L. Rev. 313 & n. 1 (1964), states that by the 1963 Term 33
state coerced-confession cases had been decided by this Court, apart from per curiams. Spano v.
New York, 360 U.S. 315, 321 , n. 2, collects 28 cases.

[ Footnote 4 ] Bator & Vorenberg, Arrest, Detention, Interrogation and the Right to Counsel, 66
Col. L. Rev. 62, 73 (1966): "In fact, the concept of involuntariness seems to be used by the courts
as a shorthand to refer to practices which are repellent to civilized standards of decency or
which, under the circumstances, are thought to apply a degree of pressure to an individual which
unfairly impairs his capacity to make a rational choice." See Herman, The Supreme Court and
Restrictions on Police Interrogation, 25 Ohio St. L. J. 449, 452-458 (1964); Developments,
supra, n. 2, at 964-984.

[ Footnote 5 ] See the cases synopsized in Herman, supra, n. 4, at 456, nn. 36-39. One not too
distant example is Stroble v. California, 343 U.S. 181 , in which the suspect was kicked and
threatened after his arrest, questioned a little later for two hours, and isolated from a lawyer
trying to see him; the resulting confession was held admissible.

[ Footnote 6 ] Among the examples given in 8 Wigmore, Evidence 2266, at 401 (McNaughton
rev. 1961), are these: the privilege applies to any witness, civil or criminal, but the confession
rule protects only criminal defendants; the privilege deals only with compulsion, while the
confession rule may exclude statements obtained by trick or promise; and where the privilege has
been nullified - as by the English Bankruptcy Act - the confession rule may still operate.

[ Footnote 7 ] Additionally, there are precedents and even historical arguments that can be
arrayed in favor of bringing extra-legal questioning within the privilege. See generally Maguire,
Evidence of Guilt 2.03, at 15-16 (1959).

[ Footnote 8 ] This, of course, is implicit in the Court's introductory announcement that "[o]ur
decision in Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1 (1964) [extending the Fifth Amendment privilege to the
States] necessitates [384 U.S. 436, 512] an examination of the scope of the privilege in state cases
as well." Ante, p. 463. It is also inconsistent with Malloy itself, in which extension of the Fifth
Amendment to the States rested in part on the view that the Due Process Clause restriction on
state confessions has in recent years been "the same standard" as that imposed in federal
prosecutions assertedly by the Fifth Amendment. 378 U.S., at 7 .

[ Footnote 9 ] I lay aside Escobedo itself; it contains no reasoning or even general conclusions
addressed to the Fifth Amendment and indeed its citation in this regard seems surprising in view
of Escobedo's primary reliance on the Sixth Amendment.

[ Footnote 10 ] Since the Court conspicuously does not assert that the Sixth Amendment itself
warrants its new police-interrogation rules, there is no reason now to draw out the extremely
powerful historical and precedential evidence that the Amendment will bear no such meaning.
See generally Friendly, The Bill of Rights as a Code of Criminal Procedure, 53 Calif. L. Rev.
929, 943-948 (1965).

[ Footnote 11 ] See supra, n. 4, and text. Of course, the use of terms like voluntariness involves
questions of law and terminology quite as much as questions of fact. See Collins v. Beto, 348
F.2d 823, 832 (concurring opinion); Bator & Vorenberg, supra, n. 4, at 72-73.

[ Footnote 12 ] The Court's vision of a lawyer "mitigat[ing] the dangers of untrustworthiness"

(ante, p. 470) by witnessing coercion and assisting accuracy in the confession is largely a fancy;
for if counsel arrives, there is rarely going to be a police station confession. Watts v. Indiana, 338
U.S. 49, 59 (separate opinion of Jackson, J.): "[A]ny lawyer worth his salt will tell the suspect in
no uncertain terms to make no statement to police under any circumstances." See Enker & Elsen,
Counsel for the Suspect, 49 Minn. L. Rev. 47, 66-68 (1964).
[ Footnote 13 ] This need is, of course, what makes so misleading the Court's comparison of a
probate judge readily setting aside as involuntary the will of an old lady badgered and
beleaguered by the new heirs. Ante, pp. 457-458, n. 26. With wills, there is no public interest
save in a totally free choice; with confessions, the solution of crime is a countervailing gain,
however the balance is resolved.

[ Footnote 14 ] See, e. g., the voluminous citations to congressional committee testimony and
other sources collected in Culombe v. Connecticut, 367 U.S. 568, 578 -579 (Frankfurter, J.,
announcing the Court's judgment and an opinion).

[ Footnote 15 ] In Westover, a seasoned criminal was practically given the Court's full
complement of warnings and did not heed them. The Stewart case, on the other hand, involves
long detention and successive questioning. In Vignera, the facts are complicated and the record
somewhat incomplete.

[ Footnote 16 ] "[J]ustice, though due to the accused, is due to the accuser also. The concept of
fairness must not be strained till it is narrowed to a filament. We are to keep the balance true."
Snyder v. Massachusetts, 291 U.S. 97, 122 (Cardozo, J.).

[ Footnote 17 ] A narrow reading is given in: United States v. Robinson, 354 F.2d 109 (C. A. 2d
Cir.); Davis v. North Carolina, 339 F.2d 770 (C. A. 4th Cir.); Edwards v. Holman, 342 F.2d 679
(C. A. 5th Cir.); United States ex rel. Townsend v. Ogilvie, 334 F.2d 837 (C. A. 7th Cir.); People
v. Hartgraves, 31 Ill. 2d 375, 202 N. E. 2d 33; State v. Fox, ___ Iowa ___, 131 N. W. 2d 684;
Rowe v. Commonwealth, 394 S. W. 2d 751 (Ky.); Parker v. Warden, 236 Md. 236, 203 A. 2d
418; State v. Howard, 383 S. W. 2d 701 (Mo.); Bean v. State, ___ Nev. ___, 398 P.2d 251; State
v. Hodgson, 44 N. J. 151, 207 A. 2d 542; People v. Gunner, 15 N. Y. 2d 226, 205 N. E. 2d 852;
Commonwealth ex rel. Linde v. Maroney, 416 Pa. 331, 206 A. 2d 288; Browne v. State, 24 Wis.
2d 491, 131 N. W. 2d 169.

An ample reading is given in: United States ex rel. Russo v. New Jersey, 351 F.2d 429 (C. A. 3d
Cir.); Wright v. Dickson, [384 U.S. 436, 520] 336 F.2d 878 (C. A. 9th Cir.); People v. Dorado, 62
Cal. 2d 338, 398 P.2d 361; State v. Dufour, ___ R. I. ___, 206 A. 2d 82; State v. Neely, 239 Ore.
487, 395 P.2d 557, modified, 398 P.2d 482.

The cases in both categories are those readily available; there are certainly many others.

[ Footnote 18 ] For instance, compare the requirements of the catalytic case of People v. Dorado,
62 Cal. 2d 338, 398 P.2d 361, with those laid down today. See also Traynor, The Devils of Due
Process in Criminal Detection, Detention, and Trial, 33 U. Chi. L. Rev. 657, 670.

[ Footnote 19 ] The Court's obiter dictum notwithstanding, ante, p. 486, there is some basis for
believing that the staple of FBI criminal work differs importantly from much crime within the
ken of local police. The skill and resources of the FBI may also be unusual.

[ Footnote 20 ] For citations and discussion covering each of these points, see Developments,
supra, n. 2, at 1091-1097, and Enker & Elsen, supra, n. 12, at 80 & n. 94.
[ Footnote 21 ] On comment, see Hardin, Other Answers: Search and Seizure, Coerced
Confession, and Criminal Trial in Scotland, 113 U. Pa. L. Rev. 165, 181 and nn. 96-97 (1964).
Other examples are less stringent search and seizure rules and no automatic exclusion for
violation of them, id., at 167-169; guilt based on majority jury verdicts, id., at 185; and pre-trial
discovery of evidence on both sides, id., at 175.

[ Footnote 22 ] Of particular relevance is the ALI's drafting of a Model Code of Pre-Arraignment

Procedure, now in its first tentative draft. While the ABA and National Commission studies have
wider scope, the former is lending its advice to the ALI project and the executive director of the
latter is one of the reporters for the Model Code.

[ Footnote 23 ] See Brief for the United States in Westover, p. 45. The N. Y. Times, June 3, 1966,
p. 41 (late city ed.) reported that the Ford Foundation has awarded $1,100,000 for a five-year
study of arrests and confessions in New York.

[ Footnote 24 ] The New York Assembly recently passed a bill to require certain warnings before
an admissible confession is taken, though the rules are less strict than are the Court's. N. Y.
Times, May 24, 1966, p. 35 (late city ed.).

[ Footnote 25 ] The Court waited 12 years after Wolf v. Colorado, 338 U.S. 25 , declared privacy
against improper state intrusions to be constitutionally safeguarded before it concluded in Mapp
v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 , that adequate state remedies had not been provided to protect this interest
so the exclusionary rule was necessary.

join, dissenting.


The proposition that the privilege against self-incrimination forbids in-custody interrogation
without the warnings specified in the majority opinion and without a clear waiver of counsel has
no significant support in the history of the privilege or in the language of the Fifth Amendment.
As for the English authorities and the common-law history, the privilege, firmly established in
the second half of the seventeenth century, was never applied except to prohibit compelled
judicial interrogations. The rule excluding coerced confessions matured about 100 years later,
"[b]ut there is nothing in the reports to suggest that the theory has its roots in the privilege
against self-incrimination. And so far as the cases reveal, the privilege, as such, seems to have
been given effect only in judicial proceedings, including the preliminary examinations by
authorized magistrates." Morgan, The Privilege Against Self-Incrimination, 34 Minn. L. Rev. 1,
18 (1949).

Our own constitutional provision provides that no person "shall be compelled in any criminal
case to be a witness against himself." These words, when "[c]onsidered in the light to be shed by
grammar and the dictionary . . . appear to signify simply that nobody shall be [384 U.S. 436, 527]
compelled to give oral testimony against himself in a criminal proceeding under way in which he
is defendant." Corwin, The Supreme Court's Construction of the Self-Incrimination Clause, 29
Mich. L. Rev. 1, 2. And there is very little in the surrounding circumstances of the adoption of
the Fifth Amendment or in the provisions of the then existing state constitutions or in state
practice which would give the constitutional provision any broader meaning. Mayers, The
Federal Witness' Privilege Against Self-Incrimination: Constitutional or Common-Law? 4
American Journal of Legal History 107 (1960). Such a construction, however, was considerably
narrower than the privilege at common law, and when eventually faced with the issues, the Court
extended the constitutional privilege to the compulsory production of books and papers, to the
ordinary witness before the grand jury and to witnesses generally. Boyd v. United States, 116
U.S. 616 , and Counselman v. Hitchcock, 142 U.S. 547 . Both rules had solid support in
common-law history, if not in the history of our own constitutional provision.

A few years later the Fifth Amendment privilege was similarly extended to encompass the then
well-established rule against coerced confessions: "In criminal trials, in the courts of the United
States, wherever a question arises whether a confession is incompetent because not voluntary, the
issue is controlled by that portion of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United
States, commanding that no person `shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness
against himself.'" Bram v. United States, 168 U.S. 532, 542 . Although this view has found
approval in other cases, Burdeau v. McDowell, 256 U.S. 465, 475 ; Powers v. United States, 223
U.S. 303, 313 ; Shotwell v. United States, 371 U.S. 341, 347 , it has also been questioned, see
Brown v. Mississippi, 297 U.S. 278, 285 ; United States v. Carignan, [384 U.S. 436, 528] 342 U.S.
36, 41 ; Stein v. New York, 346 U.S. 156, 191 , n. 35, and finds scant support in either the
English or American authorities, see generally Regina v. Scott, Dears. & Bell 47; 3 Wigmore,
Evidence 823 (3d ed. 1940), at 249 ("a confession is not rejected because of any connection with
the privilege against self-crimination"), and 250, n. 5 (particularly criticizing Bram); 8 Wigmore,
Evidence 2266, at 400-401 (McNaughton rev. 1961). Whatever the source of the rule excluding
coerced confessions, it is clear that prior to the application of the privilege itself to state courts,
Malloy v. Hogan, 378 U.S. 1 , the admissibility of a confession in a state criminal prosecution
was tested by the same standards as were applied in federal prosecutions. Id., at 6-7, 10.

Bram, however, itself rejected the proposition which the Court now espouses. The question in
Bram was whether a confession, obtained during custodial interrogation, had been compelled,
and if such interrogation was to be deemed inherently vulnerable the Court's inquiry could have
ended there. After examining the English and American authorities, however, the Court declared

"In this court also it has been settled that the mere fact that the confession is made to a
police officer, while the accused was under arrest in or out of prison, or was drawn out by
his questions, does not necessarily render the confession involuntary, but, as one of the
circumstances, such imprisonment or interrogation may be taken into account in
determining whether or not the statements of the prisoner were voluntary." 168 U.S., at
558 .
In this respect the Court was wholly consistent with prior and subsequent pronouncements in this

Thus prior to Bram the Court, in Hopt v. Utah, 110 U.S. 574, 583 -587, had upheld the
admissibility of a [384 U.S. 436, 529] confession made to police officers following arrest, the
record being silent concerning what conversation had occurred between the officers and the
defendant in the short period preceding the confession. Relying on Hopt, the Court ruled
squarely on the issue in Sparf and Hansen v. United States, 156 U.S. 51, 55 :

"Counsel for the accused insist that there cannot be a voluntary statement, a free open
confession, while a defendant is confined and in irons under an accusation of having
committed a capital offence. We have not been referred to any authority in support of that
position. It is true that the fact of a prisoner being in custody at the time he makes a
confession is a circumstance not to be overlooked, because it bears upon the inquiry
whether the confession was voluntarily made or was extorted by threats or violence or
made under the influence of fear. But confinement or imprisonment is not in itself
sufficient to justify the exclusion of a confession, if it appears to have been voluntary, and
was not obtained by putting the prisoner in fear or by promises. Wharton's Cr. Ev. 9th ed.
661, 663, and authorities cited."
Accord, Pierce v. United States, 160 U.S. 355, 357 .

And in Wilson v. United States, 162 U.S. 613, 623 , the Court had considered the significance of
custodial interrogation without any antecedent warnings regarding the right to remain silent or
the right to counsel. There the defendant had answered questions posed by a Commissioner, who
had failed to advise him of his rights, and his answers were held admissible over his claim of
involuntariness. "The fact that [a defendant] is in custody and manacled does not necessarily
render his statement involuntary, nor is that necessarily the effect of popular excitement shortly
preceding. . . . And it is laid down [384 U.S. 436, 530] that it is not essential to the admissibility of
a confession that it should appear that the person was warned that what he said would be used
against him, but on the contrary, if the confession was voluntary, it is sufficient though it appear
that he was not so warned."

Since Bram, the admissibility of statements made during custodial interrogation has been
frequently reiterated. Powers v. United States, 223 U.S. 303 , cited Wilson approvingly and held
admissible as voluntary statements the accused's testimony at a preliminary hearing even though
he was not warned that what he said might be used against him. Without any discussion of the
presence or absence of warnings, presumably because such discussion was deemed unnecessary,
numerous other cases have declared that "[t]he mere fact that a confession was made while in the
custody of the police does not render it inadmissible," McNabb v. United States, 318 U.S. 332,
346 ; accord, United States v. Mitchell, 322 U.S. 65 , despite its having been elicited by police
examination, Wan v. United States, 266 U.S. 1, 14 ; United States v. Carignan, 342 U.S. 36, 39 .
Likewise, in Crooker v. California, 357 U.S. 433, 437 , the Court said that "the bare fact of police
`detention and police examination in private of one in official state custody' does not render
involuntary a confession by the one so detained." And finally, in Cicenia v. Lagay, 357 U.S. 504 ,
a confession obtained by police interrogation after arrest was held voluntary even though the
authorities refused to permit the defendant to consult with his attorney. See generally Culombe v.
Connecticut, 367 U.S. 568, 587 -602 (opinion of Frankfurter, J.); 3 Wigmore, Evidence 851, at
313 (3d ed. 1940); see also Joy, Admissibility of Confessions 38, 46 (1842).

Only a tiny minority of our judges who have dealt with the question, including today's majority,
have considered in-custody interrogation, without more, to be a violation of the Fifth
Amendment. And this Court, as [384 U.S. 436, 531] every member knows, has left standing
literally thousands of criminal convictions that rested at least in part on confessions taken in the
course of interrogation by the police after arrest.


That the Court's holding today is neither compelled nor even strongly suggested by the language
of the Fifth Amendment, is at odds with American and English legal history, and involves a
departure from a long line of precedent does not prove either that the Court has exceeded its
powers or that the Court is wrong or unwise in its present reinterpretation of the Fifth
Amendment. It does, however, underscore the obvious - that the Court has not discovered or
found the law in making today's decision, nor has it derived it from some irrefutable sources;
what it has done is to make new law and new public policy in much the same way that it has in
the course of interpreting other great clauses of the Constitution. 1 This is what the Court
historically has done. Indeed, it is what it must do and will continue to do until and unless there
is some fundamental change in the constitutional distribution of governmental powers.

But if the Court is here and now to announce new and fundamental policy to govern certain
aspects of our affairs, it is wholly legitimate to examine the mode of this or any other
constitutional decision in this Court and to inquire into the advisability of its end product in
terms of the long-range interest of the country. At the very least the Court's text and reasoning
should withstand analysis and be a fair exposition of the constitutional provision which its
opinion interprets. Decisions [384 U.S. 436, 532] like these cannot rest alone on syllogism,
metaphysics or some ill-defined notions of natural justice, although each will perhaps play its
part. In proceeding to such constructions as it now announces, the Court should also duly
consider all the factors and interests bearing upon the cases, at least insofar as the relevant
materials are available; and if the necessary considerations are not treated in the record or
obtainable from some other reliable source, the Court should not proceed to formulate
fundamental policies based on speculation alone.


First, we may inquire what are the textual and factual bases of this new fundamental rule. To
reach the result announced on the grounds it does, the Court must stay within the confines of the
Fifth Amendment, which forbids self-incrimination only if compelled. Hence the core of the
Court's opinion is that because of the "compulsion inherent in custodial surroundings, no
statement obtained from [a] defendant [in custody] can truly be the product of his free choice,"
ante, at 458, absent the use of adequate protective devices as described by the Court. However,
the Court does not point to any sudden inrush of new knowledge requiring the rejection of 70
years' experience. Nor does it assert that its novel conclusion reflects a changing consensus
among state courts, see Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 643 , or that a succession of cases had steadily
eroded the old rule and proved it unworkable, see Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 . Rather
than asserting new knowledge, the Court concedes that it cannot truly know what occurs during
custodial questioning, because of the innate secrecy of such proceedings. It extrapolates a picture
of what it conceives to be the norm from police investigatorial manuals, published in 1959 and
1962 or earlier, without any attempt to allow for adjustments in police practices that may [384
U.S. 436, 533] have occurred in the wake of more recent decisions of state appellate tribunals or
this Court. But even if the relentless application of the described procedures could lead to
involuntary confessions, it most assuredly does not follow that each and every case will disclose
this kind of interrogation or this kind of consequence. 2 Insofar as appears from the Court's
opinion, it has not examined a single transcript of any police interrogation, let alone the
interrogation that took place in any one of these cases which it decides today. Judged by any of
the standards for empirical investigation utilized in the social sciences the factual basis for the
Court's premise is patently inadequate.

Although in the Court's view in-custody interrogation is inherently coercive, the Court says that
the spontaneous product of the coercion of arrest and detention is still to be deemed voluntary.
An accused, arrested on probable cause, may blurt out a confession which will be admissible
despite the fact that he is alone and in custody, without any showing that he had any notion of his
right to remain silent or of the consequences of his admission. Yet, under the Court's rule, if the
police ask him a single question such as "Do you have anything to say?" or "Did you kill your
wife?" his response, if there is one, has somehow been compelled, even if the accused has [384
U.S. 436, 534] been clearly warned of his right to remain silent. Common sense informs us to the
contrary. While one may say that the response was "involuntary" in the sense the question
provoked or was the occasion for the response and thus the defendant was induced to speak out
when he might have remained silent if not arrested and not questioned, it is patently unsound to
say the response is compelled.

Today's result would not follow even if it were agreed that to some extent custodial interrogation
is inherently coercive. See Ashcraft v. Tennessee, 322 U.S. 143, 161 (Jackson, J., dissenting).
The test has been whether the totality of circumstances deprived the defendant of a "free choice
to admit, to deny, or to refuse to answer," Lisenba v. California, 314 U.S. 219, 241 , and whether
physical or psychological coercion was of such a degree that "the defendant's will was overborne
at the time he confessed," Haynes v. Washington, 373 U.S. 503, 513 ; Lynumn v. Illinois, 372
U.S. 528, 534 . The duration and nature of incommunicado custody, the presence or absence of
advice concerning the defendant's constitutional rights, and the granting or refusal of requests to
communicate with lawyers, relatives or friends have all been rightly regarded as important data
bearing on the basic inquiry. See, e. g., Ashcraft v. Tennessee, 322 U.S. 143 ; Haynes v.
Washington, 373 U.S. 503 . 3 [384 U.S. 436, 535] But it has never been suggested, until today,
that such questioning was so coercive and accused persons so lacking in hardihood that the very
first response to the very first question following the commencement of custody must be
conclusively presumed to be the product of an overborne will.

If the rule announced today were truly based on a conclusion that all confessions resulting from
custodial interrogation are coerced, then it would simply have no rational foundation. Compare
Tot v. United States, 319 U.S. 463, 466 ; United States v. Romano, 382 U.S. 136 . A fortiori that
would be true of the extension of the rule to exculpatory statements, which the Court effects after
a brief discussion of why, in the Court's view, they must be deemed incriminatory but without
any discussion of why they must be deemed coerced. See Wilson v. United States, 162 U.S. 613,
624 . Even if one were to postulate that the Court's concern is not that all confessions induced by
police interrogation are coerced but rather that some such confessions are coerced and present
judicial procedures are believed to be inadequate to identify the confessions that are coerced and
those that are not, it would still not be essential to impose the rule that the Court has now
fashioned. Transcripts or observers could be required, specific time limits, tailored to fit the
cause, could be imposed, or other devices could be utilized to reduce the chances that otherwise
indiscernible coercion will produce an inadmissible confession.

On the other hand, even if one assumed that there was an adequate factual basis for the
conclusion that all confessions obtained during in-custody interrogation are the product of
compulsion, the rule propounded by [384 U.S. 436, 536] the Court would still be irrational, for,
apparently, it is only if the accused is also warned of his right to counsel and waives both that
right and the right against self-incrimination that the inherent compulsiveness of interrogation
disappears. But if the defendant may not answer without a warning a question such as "Where
were you last night?" without having his answer be a compelled one, how can the Court ever
accept his negative answer to the question of whether he wants to consult his retained counsel or
counsel whom the court will appoint? And why if counsel is present and the accused nevertheless
confesses, or counsel tells the accused to tell the truth, and that is what the accused does, is the
situation any less coercive insofar as the accused is concerned? The Court apparently realizes its
dilemma of foreclosing questioning without the necessary warnings but at the same time
permitting the accused, sitting in the same chair in front of the same policemen, to waive his
right to consult an attorney. It expects, however, that the accused will not often waive the right;
and if it is claimed that he has, the State faces a severe, if not impossible burden of proof.

All of this makes very little sense in terms of the compulsion which the Fifth Amendment
proscribes. That amendment deals with compelling the accused himself. It is his free will that is
involved. Confessions and incriminating admissions, as such, are not forbidden evidence; only
those which are compelled are banned. I doubt that the Court observes these distinctions today.
By considering any answers to any interrogation to be compelled regardless of the content and
course of examination and by escalating the requirements to prove waiver, the Court not only
prevents the use of compelled confessions but for all practical purposes forbids interrogation
except in the presence of counsel. That is, instead of confining itself to protection of the right
against compelled [384 U.S. 436, 537] self-incrimination the Court has created a limited Fifth
Amendment right to counsel - or, as the Court expresses it, a "need for counsel to protect the
Fifth Amendment privilege . . . ." Ante, at 470. The focus then is not on the will of the accused
but on the will of counsel and how much influence he can have on the accused. Obviously there
is no warrant in the Fifth Amendment for thus installing counsel as the arbiter of the privilege.

In sum, for all the Court's expounding on the menacing atmosphere of police interrogation
procedures, it has failed to supply any foundation for the conclusions it draws or the measures it


Criticism of the Court's opinion, however, cannot stop with a demonstration that the factual and
textual bases for the rule it propounds are, at best, less than compelling. Equally relevant is an
assessment of the rule's consequences measured against community values. The Court's duty to
assess the consequences of its action is not satisfied by the utterance of the truth that a value of
our system of criminal justice is "to respect the inviolability of the human personality" and to
require government to produce the evidence against the accused by its own independent labors.
Ante, at 460. More than the human dignity of the accused is involved; the human personality of
others in the society must also be preserved. Thus the values reflected by the privilege are not the
sole desideratum; society's interest in the general security is of equal weight.

The obvious underpinning of the Court's decision is a deep-seated distrust of all confessions. As
the Court declares that the accused may not be interrogated without counsel present, absent a
waiver of the right to counsel, and as the Court all but admonishes the lawyer to [384 U.S. 436, 538]
advise the accused to remain silent, the result adds up to a judicial judgment that evidence from
the accused should not be used against him in any way, whether compelled or not. This is the not
so subtle overtone of the opinion - that it is inherently wrong for the police to gather evidence
from the accused himself. And this is precisely the nub of this dissent. I see nothing wrong or
immoral, and certainly nothing unconstitutional, in the police's asking a suspect whom they have
reasonable cause to arrest whether or not he killed his wife or in confronting him with the
evidence on which the arrest was based, at least where he has been plainly advised that he may
remain completely silent, see Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478, 499 (dissenting opinion). Until
today, "the admissions or confessions of the prisoner, when voluntarily and freely made, have
always ranked high in the scale of incriminating evidence." Brown v. Walker, 161 U.S. 591, 596 ;
see also Hopt v. Utah, 110 U.S. 574, 584 -585. Particularly when corroborated, as where the
police have confirmed the accused's disclosure of the hiding place of implements or fruits of the
crime, such confessions have the highest reliability and significantly contribute to the certitude
with which we may believe the accused is guilty. Moreover, it is by no means certain that the
process of confessing is injurious to the accused. To the contrary it may provide psychological
relief and enhance the prospects for rehabilitation.

This is not to say that the value of respect for the inviolability of the accused's individual
personality should be accorded no weight or that all confessions should be indiscriminately
admitted. This Court has long read the Constitution to proscribe compelled confessions, a
salutary rule from which there should be no retreat. But I see no sound basis, factual or
otherwise, and the Court gives none, for concluding that the present rule against the receipt of
coerced confessions is inadequate for the [384 U.S. 436, 539] task of sorting out inadmissible
evidence and must be replaced by the per se rule which is now imposed. Even if the new concept
can be said to have advantages of some sort over the present law, they are far outweighed by its
likely undesirable impact on other very relevant and important interests.

The most basic function of any government is to provide for the security of the individual and of
his property. Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 306 U.S. 451, 455 . These ends of society are served by the
criminal laws which for the most part are aimed at the prevention of crime. Without the
reasonably effective performance of the task of preventing private violence and retaliation, it is
idle to talk about human dignity and civilized values.

The modes by which the criminal laws serve the interest in general security are many. First the
murderer who has taken the life of another is removed from the streets, deprived of his liberty
and thereby prevented from repeating his offense. In view of the statistics on recidivism in this
country 4 and of the number of instances [384 U.S. 436, 540] in which apprehension occurs only
after repeated offenses, no one can sensibly claim that this aspect of the criminal law does not
prevent crime or contribute significantly to the personal security of the ordinary citizen.

Secondly, the swift and sure apprehension of those who refuse to respect the personal security
and dignity of their neighbor unquestionably has its impact on others who might be similarly
tempted. That the criminal law is wholly or partly ineffective with a segment of the population or
with many of those who have been apprehended and convicted is a very faulty basis for
concluding that it is not effective with respect to the great bulk of our citizens or for thinking that
without the criminal laws, [384 U.S. 436, 541] or in the absence of their enforcement, there would
be no increase in crime. Arguments of this nature are not borne out by any kind of reliable
evidence that I have seen to this date.

Thirdly, the law concerns itself with those whom it has confined. The hope and aim of modern
penology, fortunately, is as soon as possible to return the convict to society a better and more
law-abiding man than when he left. Sometimes there is success, sometimes failure. But at least
the effort is made, and it should be made to the very maximum extent of our present and future

The rule announced today will measurably weaken the ability of the criminal law to perform
these tasks. It is a deliberate calculus to prevent interrogations, to reduce the incidence of
confessions and pleas of guilty and to increase the number of trials. 5 Criminal trials, no [384 U.S.
436, 542] matter how efficient the police are, are not sure bets for the prosecution, nor should
they be if the evidence is not forthcoming. Under the present law, the prosecution fails to prove
its case in about 30% of the criminal cases actually tried in the federal courts. See Federal
Offenders: 1964, supra, note 4, at 6 (Table 4), 59 (Table 1); Federal Offenders: 1963, supra, note
4, at 5 (Table 3); District of Columbia Offenders: 1963, supra, note 4, at 2 (Table 1). But it is
something else again to remove from the ordinary criminal case all those confessions which
heretofore have been held to be free and voluntary acts of the accused and to thus establish a new
constitutional barrier to the ascertainment of truth by the judicial process. There is, in my view,
every reason to believe that a good many criminal defendants who otherwise would have been
convicted on what this Court has previously thought to be the most satisfactory kind of evidence
will now, under this new version of the Fifth Amendment, either not be tried at all or will be
acquitted if the State's evidence, minus the confession, is put to the test of litigation.

I have no desire whatsoever to share the responsibility for any such impact on the present
criminal process.

In some unknown number of cases the Court's rule will return a killer, a rapist or other criminal
to the streets and to the environment which produced him, to repeat his crime whenever it
pleases him. As a consequence, there will not be a gain, but a loss, in human dignity. The real
concern is not the unfortunate consequences of this new decision on the criminal law as an
abstract, disembodied series of authoritative proscriptions, but the impact on those who rely on
the public authority for protection and who without it can only engage in violent self-help with
guns, knives and the help of their neighbors similarly inclined. There is, of [384 U.S. 436, 543]
course, a saving factor: the next victims are uncertain, unnamed and unrepresented in this case.
Nor can this decision do other than have a corrosive effect on the criminal law as an effective
device to prevent crime. A major component in its effectiveness in this regard is its swift and sure
enforcement. The easier it is to get away with rape and murder, the less the deterrent effect on
those who are inclined to attempt it. This is still good common sense. If it were not, we should
posthaste liquidate the whole law enforcement establishment as a useless, misguided effort to
control human conduct.

And what about the accused who has confessed or would confess in response to simple,
noncoercive questioning and whose guilt could not otherwise be proved? Is it so clear that
release is the best thing for him in every case? Has it so unquestionably been resolved that in
each and every case it would be better for him not to confess and to return to his environment
with no attempt whatsoever to help him? I think not. It may well be that in many cases it will be
no less than a callous disregard for his own welfare as well as for the interests of his next victim.

There is another aspect to the effect of the Court's rule on the person whom the police have
arrested on probable cause. The fact is that he may not be guilty at all and may be able to
extricate himself quickly and simply if he were told the circumstances of his arrest and were
asked to explain. This effort, and his release, must now await the hiring of a lawyer or his
appointment by the court, consultation with counsel and then a session with the police or the
prosecutor. Similarly, where probable cause exists to arrest several suspects, as where the body
of the victim is discovered in a house having several residents, compare Johnson v. State, 238
Md. 140, 207 A. 2d 643 (1965), cert. denied, 382 U.S. 1013 , it will often [384 U.S. 436, 544] be
true that a suspect may be cleared only through the results of interrogation of other suspects.
Here too the release of the innocent may be delayed by the Court's rule.

Much of the trouble with the Court's new rule is that it will operate indiscriminately in all
criminal cases, regardless of the severity of the crime or the circumstances involved. It applies to
every defendant, whether the professional criminal or one committing a crime of momentary
passion who is not part and parcel of organized crime. It will slow down the investigation and the
apprehension of confederates in those cases where time is of the essence, such as kidnapping, see
Brinegar v. United States, 338 U.S. 160, 183 (Jackson, J., dissenting); People v. Modesto, 62 Cal.
2d 436, 446, 398 P.2d 753, 759 (1965), those involving the national security, see United States v.
Drummond, 354 F.2d 132, 147 (C. A. 2d Cir. 1965) (en banc) (espionage case), pet. for cert.
pending, No. 1203, Misc., O. T. 1965; cf. Gessner v. United States, 354 F.2d 726, 730, n. 10 (C.
A. 10th Cir. 1965) (upholding, in espionage case, trial ruling that Government need not submit
classified portions of interrogation transcript), and some of those involving organized crime. In
the latter context the lawyer who arrives may also be the lawyer for the defendant's colleagues
and can be relied upon to insure that no breach of the organization's security takes place even
though the accused may feel that the best thing he can do is to cooperate.

At the same time, the Court's per se approach may not be justified on the ground that it provides
a "bright line" permitting the authorities to judge in advance whether interrogation may safely be
pursued without jeopardizing the admissibility of any information obtained as a consequence.
Nor can it be claimed that judicial time and effort, assuming that is a relevant consideration, [384
U.S. 436, 545] will be conserved because of the ease of application of the new rule. Today's
decision leaves open such questions as whether the accused was in custody, whether his
statements were spontaneous or the product of interrogation, whether the accused has effectively
waived his rights, and whether nontestimonial evidence introduced at trial is the fruit of
statements made during a prohibited interrogation, all of which are certain to prove productive of
uncertainty during investigation and litigation during prosecution. For all these reasons, if further
restrictions on police interrogation are desirable at this time, a more flexible approach makes
much more sense than the Court's constitutional straitjacket which forecloses more
discriminating treatment by legislative or rule-making pronouncements.

Applying the traditional standards to the cases before the Court, I would hold these confessions
voluntary. I would therefore affirm in Nos. 759, 760, and 761, and reverse in No. 584.

[ Footnote 1 ] Of course the Court does not deny that it is departing from prior precedent; it
expressly overrules Crooker and Cicenia, ante, at 479, n. 48, and it acknowledges that in the
instant "cases we might not find the defendants' statements to have been involuntary in
traditional terms," ante, at 457.

[ Footnote 2 ] In fact, the type of sustained interrogation described by the Court appears to be the
exception rather than the rule. A survey of 399 cases in one city found that in almost half of the
cases the interrogation lasted less than 30 minutes. Barrett, Police Practices and the Law - From
Arrest to Release or Charge, 50 Calif. L. Rev. 11, 41-45 (1962). Questioning tends to be
confused and sporadic and is usually concentrated on confrontations with witnesses or new items
of evidence, as these are obtained by officers conducting the investigation. See generally LaFave,
Arrest: The Decision to Take a Suspect into Custody 386 (1965); ALI, A Model Code of Pre-
Arraignment Procedure, Commentary 5.01, at 170, n. 4 (Tent. Draft No. 1, 1966).

[ Footnote 3 ] By contrast, the Court indicates that in applying this new rule it "will not pause to
inquire in individual cases whether the defendant was aware of his rights without a warning
being given." Ante, at 468. The reason given is that assessment of the knowledge of the
defendant based on information as to age, education, intelligence, or prior contact with
authorities can never be more than speculation, while a warning is a clear-cut fact. But the
officers' claim that they gave the requisite warnings may be disputed, and facts respecting the
defendant's prior experience may be undisputed and be of such a nature as to virtually preclude
any doubt that the defendant knew of his rights. See United States v. Bolden, 355 F.2d 453 [384
U.S. 436, 535] (C. A. 7th Cir. 1965), petition for cert. pending No. 1146, O. T. 1965 (Secret
Service agent); People v. Du Bont, 235 Cal. App. 2d 844, 45 Cal. Rptr. 717, pet. for cert. pending
No. 1053, Misc., O. T. 1965 (former police officer).

[ Footnote 4 ] Precise statistics on the extent of recidivism are unavailable, in part because not all
crimes are solved and in part because criminal records of convictions in different jurisdictions
are not brought together by a central data collection agency. Beginning in 1963, however, the
Federal Bureau of Investigation began collating data on "Careers in Crime," which it publishes in
its Uniform Crime Reports. Of 92,869 offenders processed in 1963 and 1964, 76% had a prior
arrest record on some charge. Over a period of 10 years the group had accumulated 434,000
charges. FBI, Uniform Crime Reports - 1964, 27-28. In 1963 and 1964 between 23% and 25% of
all offenders sentenced in 88 federal district courts (excluding the District Court for the District
of Columbia) whose criminal records were reported had previously been sentenced to a term of
imprisonment of 13 months or more. Approximately an additional 40% had a prior record less
than prison (juvenile record, probation record, etc.). Administrative Office of the United States
Courts, Federal Offenders in the United States District Courts: 1964, x, 36 (hereinafter cited as
Federal Offenders: 1964); Administrative [384 U.S. 436, 540] Office of the United States Courts,
Federal Offenders in the United States District Courts: 1963, 25-27 (hereinafter cited as Federal
Offenders: 1963). During the same two years in the District Court for the District of Columbia
between 28% and 35% of those sentenced had prior prison records and from 37% to 40% had a
prior record less than prison. Federal Offenders: 1964, xii, 64, 66; Administrative Office of the
United States Courts, Federal Offenders in the United States District Court for the District of
Columbia: 1963, 8, 10 (hereinafter cited as District of Columbia Offenders: 1963).

A similar picture is obtained if one looks at the subsequent records of those released from
confinement. In 1964, 12.3% of persons on federal probation had their probation revoked
because of the commission of major violations (defined as one in which the probationer has been
committed to imprisonment for a period of 90 days or more, been placed on probation for over
one year on a new offense, or has absconded with felony charges outstanding). Twenty-three and
two-tenths percent of parolees and 16.9% of those who had been mandatorily released after
service of a portion of their sentence likewise committed major violations. Reports of the
Proceedings of the Judicial Conference of the United States and Annual Report of the Director of
the Administrative Office of the United States Courts: 1965, 138. See also Mandel et al.,
Recidivism Studied and Defined, 56 J. Crim. L., C. & P. S. 59 (1965) (within five years of
release 62.33% of sample had committed offenses placing them in recidivist category).

[ Footnote 5 ] Eighty-eight federal district courts (excluding the District Court for the District of
Columbia) disposed of the cases of 33,381 criminal defendants in 1964. Only 12.5% of those
cases were actually tried. Of the remaining cases, 89.9% were terminated by convictions upon
pleas of guilty and 10.1% were dismissed. Stated differently, approximately 90% of all
convictions resulted from guilty pleas. Federal Offenders: 1964, supra, note 4, 3-6. In the District
Court for the District of Columbia a higher percentage, 27%, went to trial, and the defendant
pleaded guilty in approximately 78% of the cases terminated prior to trial. Id., at 58-59. No
reliable statistics are available concerning the percentage of cases in which guilty pleas are
induced because of the existence of a confession or of physical evidence unearthed as a result of
a confession. Undoubtedly the number of such cases is substantial.

Perhaps of equal significance is the number of instances of known crimes which are not solved.
In 1964, only 388,946, or 23.9% of 1,626,574 serious known offenses were cleared. The
clearance rate ranged from 89.8% for homicides to 18.7% for larceny. FBI, Uniform Crime
Reports - 1964, 20-22, 101. Those who would replace interrogation as an investigatorial tool by
modern scientific investigation techniques significantly overestimate the effectiveness of present
procedures, even when interrogation is included. [384 U.S. 436, 546]